In the past year, I’ve watched several of the movie depictions of our American Revolution.  There have been a good number of these movies made.  There’s a pretty good list of the best ones and a fair assessment of their quality at one website I found, which you can access through the hyperlink here.   On the list is Mel Gibson’s The Patriot, released in 2000, which admittedly has historical inaccuracies and gives a few 20th or 21st century sensibilities to the characters, but Gibson for the most part was successful in capturing the emotions and sensibilities you would expect from the people of that era given their circumstances and what we know of their reported accounts.  He captures, for the most part, the patriotic spirit that drove the actions of our forebears, and he captures to a smaller degree the real motivation of the populace of that era, who mostly were devout Christians, products of the Great Awakening, living out the principles of the Bible and of God in their lives and their public affairs as best they could given their circumstances. 

Granted, there are quite a few stains and errors in our country’s history with shameful actions by our forbears in such episodes as the Trail of Tears, Slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the Japanese-American internment camps during world war II.  But these stains on our country’s history are simply reminders of the fact that we live in a fallen world and that we are a fallen and flawed people, prone to error, regardless of what country we live in.  We in the modern world, despite what we may think of ourselves, are no better than they were, although it is so easy to judge them from the benefit of historical knowledge and a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the influences they were subject to.  The best we can do is to recognize these all-too-human errors in the flawed judgment of those who went before us and to hopefully make better decisions ourselves for our own families and for the larger community that we are a part of and which we have some influence on.  That said, I would venture to say that most or even all historical reenactments or depictions are prone to at least a few flaws in their interpretation or presentation. 

I recently watched a movie depiction of our American Revolution that was more problematic than most of the versions I have watched.  This movie was released in 1985, starring Al Pacino, and was simply titled Revolution.  The first release of the movie was a complete flop, but the movie was repackaged with some changes and re-released in 2009 with the title of Revolution Revisited.  It was the 2009 version which I watched.  This move shows characters acting in the realm of believability for human behavior, but it paints the most bleak picture possible of the people of the era.  The film and script seem to be a cynical naturalistic view of the world which is probably common in Hollywood.  I say this because I watched the additional interview segment, a sort of conversation about the movie, between Al Pacino and the director, Hugh Hudson.  The interview between these two men was a veritable window into the soul of Hollywood as the two men made comments that were very revealing about their own lives and about the culture around them in Hollywood.

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that you all will walk in peaceful, joyful fellowship with Our Limitlessly Loving God today.   

 


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All these films, These aren't factual, real documentaries instead, just some altered version of the American Revolution, they each contain a twist. Anyways, I better go and get an excellent essay writer for completing my research papers as quickly as possible.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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