The Aviator – Chocolate Chip Cookies
In Martin Scorsese’s 2004 film, “The Aviator”, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Howard Hughes set in the 1930s and 40s. In one particular scene, Hughes buys chocolate chip cookies – a seemingly small detail that speaks to a larger error. The problem is that chocolate chip cookies weren’t actually invented until 1938, two years after the movie was set. This scene also raises questions of authenticity in cinema. We watch films to transport ourselves back in time. Though there have been many advancements in special effects since the early days of filmmaking, it is ultimately up to filmmakers themselves to make sure their films are as true to life as possible.