The Making of Gods and Generals
- Believe it or not the show was on HBO and not any of Turner's atations. In
it they bring out some of the reasons why the Antietam scenes were deleted.
G & G is NOT Gettysburg redone. It is being billed as "A TRUE Story of the
Civil War" so it can't have the myths and plain errors which were prevelant
in Gettysburg. G & G focuses on two people and how they and their families
were affected by the war. You can tell who by the star billing. Jeff Daniels
and Stephen Lang. This movie is about Joshua and Fanny Chamberlain and
Thomas and Anna Jackson.
From "The making of.." it seems that there are three major battles depicted,
First Manassas (Jackson), Fredericksburg (Chanberlain) and Chancellorsville
(Jackson). Antietam would be out of the movie stream because Joshua wasn't
there or if he was he didn't do much.
Robert Duvall does get special billing and much of the movie deals with his
character. But then how can anyone make a Civil War Movie without Lee? On
thing he said in ".The making of..." was that he is proud to be playing Lee
and describes him as an honorable man. His line is "Some people North of the
Mason Dixon Line might not like that but I am proud to play him"
The make up is much better, the beards actually look real and Lang looks
enough like Jackson to be his descendent. The scene where Jackson is wounded
is rather forcefull. But the death scene is marred by the set not being a
direct replica of the room where Jackson died.
In case you were wondering, Buster Killrain is back. How they justify a
ficticious character in a true story is to say he represents "the common
soldier. He is the conscience of the film."
If you subscribe to HBO look for this 15 minute program. I would also
reccomend the Soundtrack CD. It comes with a DVD which has Dylan's "Cross
The Green Mountain" and Mary Fahl's haunting "Going Home" along with some
scenes that are not in the theactrical release. (None of which deal with
You can also see the music videos at the Sony Classical web site.