As with all things, it is natural for us to seek a standard of taste in Period Movies; a rule, by which the various sentiments of viewers may be reconciled; at least, a decision afforded, confirming one, and condemning another. Merchant-Ivory – 10, Asoka (see Api's post of May 18th) – well, maybe 4. Okay, 5.
In defense of the PMs that timidly put “inspired rather than [f]actual portrayal”, the difference, it is said, is very wide between judgment and sentiment. Among a thousand different opinions which different men may entertain of the same subject, there is one, and but one, that is just and true; and the only difficulty is to fix and ascertain it. On the contrary, a thousand different sentiments, excited by the same object, are all right: because no sentiment represents what is really in the object.