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I heard

これらの話は本当のことなのか

from this video clip about Gozo Shioda sensei.

What is the purpose of なの in これらの話は本当のことなのか?

It seems to be redundant because

これらの話は本当なのか or これらの話は本当ですか

might be sufficient.

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    Are your asking about こと or なの? I think adjectiveです is sometimes more subjective than adjective+nounです. The latter is often used to describe something's property rather than one's opinion. I think the なの in this context is used to confirm hearsay.
    – Yang Muye
    Jul 15, 2015 at 15:13

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It seems to be redundant because これらの話は本当のか or これらの話は本当ですか might be sufficient.

Well, if you think the expression これらの話は本当のことなのか has elements that can be dispensed with, syntactically you are correct.

My guess is that the scenario incorporated the expression in view of emphasising the subject of the film.

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