Re: Mann's Comments on Historical Accuracy

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Posted by ann on August 03, 1998 at 18:33:47:

In Reply to: Re: Mann's Comments on Historical Accuracy posted by Marcia on August 03, 1998 at 15:03:41:

: Ann wrote:

: : Well, MMMMarcia, since you've made such an eloquent defense of Mr. Mann's appreciation of historical accuracy(must be a lawyer), I'll keep him in the "excellent" section of my Movie Directors file. It's a very slim folder:o) -- almost empty.

: Nope, not a lawyer. Just been hanging around my son too long. He will get his law degree in one more year, and he can out argue anyone on any topic, regardless of which side he's given. Me, I have to believe in something completely in order to present a good argument.

: Sorry to hear your Excellent section of your Movie Director file is so small. For myself, I enjoy a wide variety of movies, covering many topics and styles of direction. I don't even mind violence, in certain contexts. The films I find most offensive are those that give us no decent characters to care about. It's the main reason I disliked the movie Casino. When I find all the characters so completely unredeeming and worthless, I just wanna shoot 'em and put ME out of my misery. ;o) But violence as portrayed in LOTM, Braveheart, and several other favorites of mine, doesn't upset me, as I think it is very necessary to show the audience exactly what it was like to live through those experiences. This isn't to say that I don't wince, gasp, or cry during some of the violent scenes...just that I feel in many films they are appropriate.

: MMMMarcia

Evening MMMMarcia,

I agree some degree of violence is necessary in films(especially the films you mentioned -- I did enjoy Braveheart & Rob Roy); however, IMO most movies have far too much graphic horror. Since our daily TV news is usually filled with descriptions of terrible murders, rape, child abuse, etc., when it comes to entertainment, I'm ready for violence-lite:o)

In fact, I believe the over-abundance of violence on TV is partially to blame for the shocking incidences of the same by our children, in their schools.

As I've mentioned before, I avoid most of today's movies, because their foul language, many times boring dialogue & otherwise unhealthy portrayal of life is mostly a turn-off and yawn for me. That's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I happened to flick around the dial one night a few wks ago, and noticed the "red coats". My husband enjoys most military, warfare type cinema & I said "here's something for you." He took one look, and said "I think that's "Last/Mohicans,"beautiful scenery as I recall". Thought to myself "well, there's not much else on tonite....I'll watch for awhile....started to notice how authentic the settings, costumes were and most-of-all how stirring the background music was...I was hooked...a scene with DDL & I remembered he had won an oscar for "My Left Foot."....Jim went to bed about midnight & I said..."no way I'm turning in 'til I see the end of it." He smiled, and said "o.k., I won't spoil the end for you." Having never read Cooper's "Mohicans"(ann blushes with embarrassment:o)because it was never required in school and besides from the little I knew of it, it sounded as tho' it was a masculine novel.....anyway, here I am, 3 wks later wringing every drop of subject matter out of the movie & loving it.

There really should be more products of this calibre coming out of Hollywood.....usually our choices are: watching people overdose/or commit crimes on drugs; watch computer generated dinosaurs, etc.;or watching Jack Nicholson take an egotistical trip with himself. I'm looking forward to "Finding Pvt. Ryan" -- will do my usual "close-the-eyes" routine during the most violent parts:o), sorry for babbling on like that....but when I finally find a great movie, I enjoy discussing it....thanks for listening........ann

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