Insert Reaction to movies Amistad The two-hour long film is captivating and emotionally attaching as it reveals the evil of slavery and the inhuman justice. In La Amistad, the Africans made a successful mutiny and killed every one of their captors except for two who dupe them into going to America instead of Africa. Supreme Court justices in 1839 were slave-owning Southerners. In Amistad, there is a film that revolves around several things at once: yes, it's clearly political but part of the problem is that it's so obviously so. Through brilliant legal maneuvers, Baldwin convinces the two abolitionists that the case is really not a property case because Cinque and his fellow Africans were not born into slavery but were forcibly kidnapped. A lawyer named , hired by the abolitionist and his black associate Theodore Joadson, decides to defend the Africans. Parts of the Caribbean were beginning to outlaw slavery, and Spain had signed a treaty with Great Britain outlawing the slave trade, which placed the Armstad and its sponsors in violation of the international agreement1.
He doesn't understand them, so he throws them away. A young American lawyer gets involved to free them and attempts to work with one slave who assumes the role of leader. This avoidance, I suspect, is due to two reasons. Instead of having stuff jump at you, you have to search for it or feel it without truly realizing it: touches of genius are very present, but differ from the original style like the brutal insurrection scenes, cargo dumping scene, etc. Sickness, brutality, mutilation and death are depicted in these scenes; blood is splattered across the deck of the ship as the visceral horrors of enslavement are brought to attention.
It was accurate, literate, and not politically correct or incorrect. The Africans kill all of the crew except for the two original slave traders. But Spielberg doesn't have to take sides because this is based on true events so when the American high court judge is replaced, we see them to be presented as perhaps cheating and somewhat conniving, it shows Spielberg is not afraid of including details of that nature that do not flatter the government of the United States. Second, even if the filmmakers get the facts right, they may still unfairly slant the material toward a certain viewpoint, thus creating a propaganda piece instead of a work of art. I missed all of the lessons. The abolitionists sense that the trail is against them and they appeal to ex-President John Quincy Adams for help, but he turns them down.
Although the film tries to settle into an anti-slavery stance, it's simply not focused enough. I have never cried so hard in a movie before. Suffering and survival are thereby expressed with the film's evident attention to the human body. They kill most of the Spanish crew but leave the two ship owners alive to sail the ship back to Africa. Steven Spielberg, who wanted to stretch his artistic wings after making 1997 , was interested in directing it for DreamWorks, which he also co-founded, as well. Many reviewers thoroughly liked the film.
I suspect what I find most distasteful about him is the arrogant smirk viewers often see curling at the corners of his lips, present throughout the court scenes in this too-long film. Two abolitionists, Lewis Tappan Stellan Skarsgard and Theodore Joadson Morgan Freeman hire a real estate attorney Roger Baldwin Mathew McConaughey , who is convinced he has the key to set African free. The government of Spain claims a right to the slaves based in part on treaties. And another sequence in which the mechanics of the slave trade are examined, as Africans capture members of enemy tribes and sell them to slave traders. Regrettably, the always brilliant Freeman is totally wasted as Joadson, functioning as no more than a link among the various episodes, a possible result of the fact that his fictional character is a composite of several historical figures. Each of these historic subjects has been used in a movie at least once.
Two Naval officers, Thomas R. One slave who was among the stars in the film called Sengbe managed to escape whereby he extracted a nail, which was the key to his freedom. So if Spielberg is more-so an entertainer, it would seem only natural for a Spielberg film to cover a vast array of genres or to cover a lot of ground in an epic tale of this and that. With the basic background knowledge I brought to the film, I thought it generally succeeded as both, particularly as entertainment. However, the 's fervent abolitionist Captain Fitzgerald of the backs up Cinqué's account. In the court, various factions claim ownership of the slaves, and therefore try to seize them away.
. The only reason they have to go through so many different trials is because the president, Martin Van Buren, wants to get reelected and thinks that setting the slaves free won't help his campaign. Why force the masters' religion upon the slaves, who undoubtedly have a rich cultural and religious heritage of their own? It describes the Africans capture, their enslavement, their purchase, the overthrow of their captors and the subsequent trials in America, where they won their freedom and eventual return to Africa. In 1839, a group of Africans sold into slavery were being transported to the United States on a Spanish ship. Cast: , , , , , , , , , , Director: Writer: Rating: R Running Time: 152 min.
In a year dominated by Titanic this was publicly dismissed as too serious or arty. Amistad is a film that does not do too many different nations too many favours. His new film centers on the legal status of Africans who rise up against their captors on the high seas and are brought to trial in a New England court. The captives were beaten and whipped, and at times, were given so little food that they had to eat the food from each other's faces. As well-acted as these scenes are, especially by Pete Postlethwaite as the prosecutor, none of them really engaged me. One of the very best films I have ever seen. The anguish that these people experienced.
A scene where Cinque sees African violets in John Quincy Adams' greenhouse and is seized with homesickness. When Adams appears before the Supreme Court, he delivers a quiet, dignified argument for freedom with the power to set men free, both then and now. Lewis Tappan and Theodore Joadson hire Roger Baldwin to defense African. The film is an excellent way to convey knowledge to people, especially if they don't like to read or study. In Spielberg's contemporary films, good triumphs, order is restored, families are united, and the malls open on time.