Re: What about a movie just on Antietam?
- I 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
There is at this time no major movie on line except Cold Mountain (due near
Christmas) that will carry a Civil War story that I know of. With the
failure of Gods & General at the box office, I seriously doubt we will see
another Civil War movie for awhile. Last Full Measure sounds dead at the
moment. Let's hope Cold Mountain is well done and does good box office.
There was another movie done by Lion's Gate called Wicked Spring. It was
directed by Kevin Hershberger but all the big plans for its release last
year came to naught. All the clips of the movie I saw were excellent but it
has disappeared out of sight.
It would be nice if someone of Speilburg's or Tom Hank's caliber of
directing and producing would do a Saving Private Ryan of Band of Brothers
type movie or series following say a cast of characters of the Stonewall
Brigade and the Iron Brigade through the war with the effects of the war on
the people as well as the regiment as a whole. By the end of the war the
Stonewall Brigade little resembled the nadir of its reputation from late
1862 to early 63. But I think there would be some emotional attraction
watching its story line as the brigade dissolved through the war from
attrition in battle and decline in leadership during the last years of the
war. Attention to the horrific and gory detail of battle(s) like it was in
Band of Brothers should be a must. Maybe a Western Theater Band of Brothers
so we are not so Easterncentric following say, Patrick Cleburne and his
brigades and Union counterpart. Last part of the series to cover their
reintroduction home and part of society again. It would have to be gritty
and unsentimental. Be nice but I don't think anything is in the cards.
> From: "Willie Wonka" <corsair28@...>Willie,
> ...I don't think it can be a slave to detail like G&G though...
Disregarding the apples, the fact that _Silent Night_ was not popular in America
as a "sing at home" carol, that none of the text on the building signs had "."'s
after the phrases, none of the actresses had correct hair styles or clothing, or
the room at Guinea Station was not represented correctly...Mawell claimed to be
making "the most accurate movie." The above details would cost very little in
production time or cost. His movie was so badly told (or edited) that even the
best intentions would not save it. Despite a host of other inaccuracies, the
basic fact is that Maxwell did not present a good cinematic story. Part of the
problem was that the book was no _Killer Angels_!
I recently heard of a "formula" for a successful movie based on a study of past
movies. I do not recall the exact percentages, but it stated that there should be
A% mystery, X % action, Y % humor, Z % romance, B % music or something to that
effect. My guess is that Maxwell missed all the required figures.
I agree with you that there is enough "true" history and emotion in the Maryland
Campaign to make several movies...just find a better storyteller.
> Can you give any more info on this magnum opus that's being bouncedThe longer version of the Antietam documentary is being transferred from tape to
DVD (or some such format) and the final product has been delayed. The last I
heard was that it should be completed before the end of the year.