Re: A movie about FRANKLIN
- I have yet to read "Widow of the South", but I did enjoy Howard
Bahr's "The Black Flower", which actually deals mostly with the
aftermath of the battle and its effect on a soldier in Hood's army.
It too has some elements of romance boiling under the plot---but I
would not classify it as a romance novel.
Considering how poorly most Civil War films that deal strictly with
the combat aspects of the war have fared at the box office---
neither "Gettysburg" nor even the critically-acclaimed "Glory" did
much more than break even---my guess is that all future Civil War
films will have to feature some element of romance in the mix, if
they want to achieve any measure of financial "success". Very few
people have the patience or inclination to sit through a historical
film that doesn't touch on the element of love (one of the oldest
themes in history, after all!). A great example of all of this is
the Pearl Harbor attack: 1970's "Tora! Tora! Tora!" is probably the
best all-encompassing film about the event, but among other things it
lacked a romantic angle, and thus not surprisingly it failed to
achieve much box office success. 2001's "Pearl Harbor", for all its
treacliness, and the stilted three-way love-triangle on which it was
centered, didn't do too bad in sales.
William C. Davis addressed the state of Civil War films in past,
present and future in an essay in a collection called "Myths and
Realities of the Confederacy"; it's worth seeking out.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Sweetsstar@... wrote:
> Pat , Eric's book is my favorite on the subject. I like Carrie's
> Widow of the South disappointed me with the added character to make
> romance novel. I would rather have had the romance be the one
between Carrie and
> her husband. Hollywood I am sure will go for the novel over the
> story Which is too bad.
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