July 3, 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVES: GET THEE TO A VIDEO STORE:

GET THEE TO A VIDEO STORE:In addition to Independence Day, this is the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, so memorably recounted in The Killer Angels (1974)(Michael Shaara 1929-1988) (Grade: A+). Several years ago,TNT made a pretty good movie version of the book, called just Gettysburg, and they used to show it on the 4th (I don't know if it's on tomorrow, but rent the movie or buy the DVD at Borders for $15). If you can watch it without choking up when Joshua Chamberlain orders the men on Little Round Top to fix bayonets, you're one tough cookie.

Another flick you could bring home, though it has its flaws, is Mel Gibson's The Patriot. Just the cinematography, by the great Caleb Deschanel, is worth the price of admission.

Harder to find, but a better Revolutionary War film, is The Devil's Disciple, with one of those great pairings of Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. [originally posted: July 3, 2002]
Zemanta Pixie
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