Re: Reenactors and Films

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Posted by Champ on March 17, 1999 at 00:13:13:

In Reply to: Re: Reenactors and Films posted by TKilbane on March 16, 1999 at 23:34:22:

: :Unfortuantly, the days of Hollywood investing mega-amounts into costumes [etc] in "period pieces" is long past in the age of the Action flick. So until it happens, Hollywood will have to rely on the volunteers who own all period correct clothing & accouterments & work virtually for free..

: I agree the days of Spartacus and Waterloo are over; but what you say is not entirely true. Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan used men from the Irish national guard to fill out many scenes. All those fair skinned, young men in the military haircuts that you see in the scenes following Omaha Beach are not reenactors.

>And those movies [Braveheart & Saving Private Ryan] were not filmed in the states either. The rub of it is, if you film here in the states, for some reason it seems they cant make those kinds of films ["costumed epics"] due to money. Thus they hire reenactors. Do you think both films above got a "special deal" over yonder? Perhaps the US dollar went further...

: Well, I certainly do detect a tone of sarcasm here : )

>Yep ;-)

: I was just having a little fun

>Fair 'nough...

: and making what I believe to be some humorous observations about the limitations of reenactors in truly portraying the warriors of the past and their ability as actors. Watch these movies as often as I have and you are going to notice some glitches. Some are more obvious than others- such as fat men playing starving Johnnies.

>Oh, I do agree about the "Cornfeds", though the hardcores I know crash diet to gain that hollow-eyed look [etc]...

: As for your challenge to hump a pack, march in humidity at a rugged "campaign" event, and gain respect for men and women who are of a special merit. Well, I have done all that. But not at some pretend, play-acting camp; but for real with the men and women of the United States Marine Corps. Of course, we did not have cavalrymen kicking up dust in our faces : )

>Yes, & I was in the Army during Desert Storm.
Most Civil War reenactors I know that are over 40 were in 'Nam, a majority I've met around the country have done at least 4 yrs in the service. I think its more than the history [etc] with some, but the longing for the camaraderie of their past military experience .
My best friends son just got out of Marine Corps boot camp & has joined the Confederate Marines as well!

Still BDU's dont compare to 100% wool in 80 degrees & 100% humidity ;-)


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