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William Nack

The Arc Is True

The Baltimore Sun talks with William Nack about “Secretariat,” the movie:

Last month, over the phone from his home in Chevy Chase, he said that “the arc of the movie is accurate. Penny took over the horse farm when her father was dying, and left her family and went East to run the career of this racehorse. It made her and her husband estranged; she had a very difficult time. But she managed to start another life. She ended up blending in well with the Establishment, and she was much admired. That is the guts of the movie — and it’s all true.”

Beyond that, Nack said, [director Randall Wallace] got the pastoral and the prickly textures right.

A neat elision, on Nack’s part, re: the details that maybe aren’t so accurate.