To some extent this is, obviously, subject to opinion. Is attention to detail more important and more compelling than a story that is factually accurate and in correct linear order. In some ways this debate is a subset of the whole artistic license idea: how far off base can a storyteller go without losing touch of exactly what the story is ?

Does a movie director who is presenting a story based on a true story give the audience a more detailed look at the construction of a church or the whispered conversation of the criminals or does he serve us better by giving us a more historically accurate picture (based on reports or eyewitness accounts?

When you look at a painting do you want to see, as the painter says in Amelie "that certain look" of the woman in the Renoir painting? "Maybe they change expression when I am not looking" he wonders.

Perhaps you prefer that the lighting is consistent with the season of the year and time of day. Maybe a certain clearness is essential.

I do not know if this is a right answer. For myself, I want all the details: the individual notes on the piano at the end of the song, moments after an intentional silence, the fingertips of the model on dark green draperies, (tugging, not grasping) and the way the camera pauses over the room full of unemployed men reading newspapers. Those moments cause me to grab my chest.

Perhaps you have an answer:

Should the painting, the sculpture, the novel be a retelling of the actual, or a presentation of the perhaps?

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