Words have been flying between supporters of Sarah Palin, who charge the ‘Game Change’ filmmakers with a smear job, and the producers, who insist they’re committed to accuracy.

When HBO’s film “Game Change,” about the 2008 election and specifically about Sarah Palin, airs on Saturday, many will wonder: How accurate is all that crazy behind-the-scenes dialogue?

As seems to happen with virtually every political docudrama, questions about accuracy and political agenda have arisen around the project. Words have been flying back and forth between supporters of Ms. Palin, who charge the filmmakers with a smear job, and the producers, who insist they’re committed to historical accuracy.

At the same time, filmmakers say, the purpose of drama is to create a meaningful narrative, not a history lesson.

“We have to learn to see movies as representations that are made rather than simple reflections,” says Peter Lehman, director of the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture at Arizona State University, in an e-mail. Their relationship to real people and events is always more complex than the words “accuracy” or “fair” suggest, he adds.

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