Friday, December 13, 2019

A Southerner’s Movie Guide, Part II


Symbols Used
** Indicates one of the more than 100 most recommended films. The order in which they appear does not reflect any ranking, only the convenience of discussion
(T)   Tolerable but not among the most highly recommended
(X)   Execrable. Avoid at all costs

                                3. The Colonial and Revolutionary South

Colonial and Revolutionary Southern history does not have a strong presence in film, unless one counts the documentaries and pseudo-documentaries that make the Revolution a New England achievement and have George Washington and Thomas Jefferson talking like they came from Ohio. The celebrated television dramas about John Adams give him an anti-slavery opinion which he did not have at that time or ever, and portray Southerners as mincing fops or honourary Yankees like George Washington in (T) The Crossing.  (Will the television series (X)Sons of Liberty ever admit that Sam Adams was a slave owner?)

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