1146Re: What about a movie just on Antietam?
- May 29, 2003I own a copy of the 1 hour documentary that they've shown at the
Visitor's Center and was impressed with the video for what it was (and
even used it in class a couple of times). I did not expect Hollywood
whiz-bang stuff, but I especially enjoyed the use of re-enactors and
the computer imagery showing the movement of certain regiments. Some
of the shots of the experts walking around the park was a bit slow,
dragging the momentum of the piece, but I thought the narration of
JEJones really topped it off.
However, that's not what I am talking about. I am thinking along the
lines more of a Hollywood style movie, well written and directed in
the style of Saving Private Ryan or Glory, with an attention to
detail. I don't think it can be a slave to detail like G&G though
because sometimes the langauge weighed it down. And after reading
some of the criticism of the movie in the Civil War News (for
instance, a horticulturist had written a letter criticisizing the
improper usage of apples on the table in the Xmas scene - give me a
break!), it seems Maxwell got caught up in the spirit of accuracy and
forgot how to tell a good story - something Shaara didn't forget.
Those are my thoughts. Sorry I hadn't expressed them more clearly.
Can you give any more info on this magnum opus that's being bounced
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
> > From: "Willie Wonka" <corsair28@y...>
> > I'm thinking a movie needs to be made about Antietam.
> Have you seen _Antietam...a Documentary" (by Media Magic) that is
> the parks Visitor center every day at noon? There is stall hope that aof the
> four-hour version of this film will see the light of day by the end
> year. Even the one hour version hits on many of the topics youmentioned. It
> is available at the VC book store.
> Bill Christen
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