Re: The Patriot....Again????

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Posted by Seamus on July 07, 2000 at 07:39:25:

In Reply to: Re: The Patriot....Again???? posted by Dr. Uncle (w/Flags and Malcolm) on July 06, 2000 at 13:53:49:

: Huzzah, Diana S. You are getting the picture!! Don't just give the public what they want, give them what they need to educate them!! Anyway, fact is more exciting than fiction any day!

: Hey, Seamus, Davey Gunn or Three Tales, any wise words on the have all been VERRRRYYYY quiet! Ahhh, yes, reflective silence, no doubt!!

: Dr. Uncle Mark

G'mornin' Dr. Unc!

No, I haven’t seen The Patriot yet...been kinda I will reserve comment until after I have seen it. I think, though, that a major part of the controversy and subsequent discussion is due to the fact that we, as re-enactors, students, and historians, are extremely well versed in the period and we expect everyone to be on the same level...and therein lies the rub. We have difficulty seeing the world through “uneducated” eyes. We want these things to be as if we had done them...not as someone who hasn’t a clue, or much of a clue, and is only interested in the entertainment (Translate that “$$$$$$$”) factor generated by such. Kinda like a priest watching The Exorcist....ya know?

Been wondering, though....why do I like Drums Along the Mohawk? Why do I like Northwest Passage? Why do I like Allegheny Uprising? None of these are properly clothed , equipped, or accoutered correctly, nor are they historically correct, and the dialog is as hokey as it can get, yet I will sit and watch them over and over again. Coming up a few years...I like Glory, and Gettysburg, too...and these are flawed big time. But I watch them over and over, too.

I think, that when I do get to The Patriot, I will go to be entertained...the first time...then I will start looking for friends whom I know are there, and also I will start to look at background stuff, and “toys.” If, and when, a “teaching moment” arises, I will jump on the opportunity with both feet and educate. I am rather anxious to see what kind of a job Mark and my old pal, Frank, have done with Mel...DDL was mostly believable in his handling of the guns...except for the “silk” thing...but we won’t go there.

Come to think of it, I like the Lone Ranger, too...and Hopalong Cassidy...I still have my record album, “Hopalong Cassidy and the Singing Bandit.” I got it when I was about 8 years old for a few Corn Pops box tops and a couple of bucks. That thing is damn near an antique! Ya know, none of the picture pages in it are torn or missing....when Topper whinnies, you turn to the next page...that’s the signal.

I like Daniel, and Davey...loved ol’ Thimblerig...hated the Mexicans for doing him in at the Alamo...still irritates me some...the name Santa Anna still conjures up that show! I guess historical accuracy took a seat in the next bus to the rear on this one...but I love it!

Gotta go now...Zorro is coming on....


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