“Before the Civil War, the states were all separate. People used to say ‘united States are.’ Wasn’t until the war ended, people started saying ‘The united States is.’ under Lincoln, we became one nation,” reminds ben Gates, Nicolas Cage’s character in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
The simple statement is a testament to the singular importance of the american Civil War in uS history. Fought from 1861 to 1865 between northern states loyal to the Abraham Lincoln-led union (aka the North) and southern states that had seceded to form the Jefferson Davis-led Confederate States of america (aka the Confederacy), the war effectively ended after Confederate General.
Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. With the collapse of the Confederacy, slavery was abolished by President Lincoln and as a result, as many as four million enslaved black people became free. The American Civil War is said to have a profound effect on world history. But what a lot of people don’t know is that it was a raid carried by an abolitionist named John brown on the united States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia that had set the ball rolling for the Civil War. The new Showtime series The Good Lord Bird, co-created by Ethan Hawke and Mark Richard, presents a revisionist take on the story of John brown (essayed by Hawke who has also co-written the first episode) and his valiant efforts to end slavery in antebellum america.
While brown failed to initiate a slave revolt, the nationwide press coverage of the raid and his subsequent capture and execution by the Commonwealth of Virginia created a stir in the northern states with more people beginning to share his sentiments against slavery. brown’s last speech became a great source of inspiration for other abolitionists in their fight against slavery. also, it put grave fear in the hearts of slavers as they anticipated more of such attacks in the near future. in less than a year, Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the uS and since the abolition of slavery was a top priority on his agenda it was only a matter of time before the seven slave states seceded from the union to mark the beginning of the american Civil War. Till date, brown remains a highly divisive figure in the US. While some hail him as a martyr and a visionary, others denounce him as a mad-man and a terrorist.
The Good Lord Bird (available in india on Voot Select) is based on a 2013 novel of the same name by James Mcbride. The story is told from the point of view of a fictional enslaved boy Henry Shackleford (brilliantly essayed by young Joshua Caleb Johnson) who is part of brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of bleeding Kansas — a time when the state of Kansas was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces — and eventually finds himself participating in the aforementioned raid on Harpers Ferry.
The choice of an enslaved boy as the narrator elevates Mcbride’s storytelling above other slave stories of its kind. it also allows us to see the brutal world from a child’s honest point of view. By doing so, Mcbride also distances us from the atrocities of a depraved world marked by slavery. The overdose of racist violence which we have seen in films like 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained is nonexistent here. This allows us to see things more fundamentally. in keeping up with the revisionist tradition, the series doesn’t present things in binaries, thereby allowing us to see things from different points of view.
Take, for example, the episode wherein John brown and a fellow abolitionist named Frederick Douglass clash over methodology. Their ideological differences make us appreciate the complexities associated with the fight for justice and human equality really well.
The Good Lord Bird puts a spot- light on a crucial but oft-forgotten slice of america’s violent past. How a deeply religious white man fought for the belief that everyone is created equal in the eyes of the creator. How he became an antiracist and antislavery champion who managed to instil a strong belief in the hearts of black folks that it’s their birthright to be free. How his failed raid at Harpers Ferry that resulted in him being executed for treason paved the way for the american Civil War which ended with President Lincoln abolishing slavery after the defeat of the Confederate States. The series does suffer from occasional self-indulgence and digression but overall it’s great fun to watch. With the ongoing black Lives Matter protests and widespread conversations about racism in the US, The Good Lord Bird doesn’t just bring us face to face with america’s violent past but it also tries to establish a strong dialogue with the times that we live in.
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AKSHAY KUMAR TO PLAY LORD SHIVA IN ‘OH MY GOD 2’
MUMBAI: Superstar Akshay Kumar has started shooting for ‘Oh My God 2’, directed by Amit Rai, and he will essay the role of Lord Shiva in the film. On Saturday, Akshay took to Instagram and announced the project. He also shared the first poster of the film wherein he can be seen donning Lord Shiva’s avatar. “Karta kare na kar sake shiv kare so hoye. Need your blessings and wishes for #OMG2, our honest and humble attempt to reflect on an important social issue. May the eternal energy of Adiyogi bless us through this journey. Har Har Mahadev,” he captioned the post.
Apart from Akshay, the movie also features Yami Gautam and Pankaj Tripathi. Akshay also shared a glimpse from the film’s set in Ujjain. Sharing a clip, he wrote, “brahmaand ka praarambh jahaan, brahmaand ka prasthaan jahaan, aadi aur anant kaal ke svaamee , bhagavaan mahaakaal ke aashirvaad lene tapasviyon ki nigari Ujjain pahunche main aur mere mitra @pankajtripathi #OMG2.”
VICKY CONGRATULATES ‘KOOZHANGAL’ DIRECTORS FOR FILM’S OSCAR ENTRY
NEW DELHI: Vicky Kaushal congratulated Tamil film ‘Koozhangal’s’ producers, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, as their movie became India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. Taking to Instagram, Vicky wrote, “Congratulations Vignesh Sivan, Nayanthara, and Team #Koozhangal! Go for glory!”
On a related note, Vicky’s latest film ‘Sardar Udham’ along with Vidya Balan’s ‘Sherni’, Yogi Babu’s Tamil movie ‘Mandela’, and Martin Prakkat led Malayalam film ‘Nayattu’ were also shortlisted for India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. However, only Nayanthara and Vignesh’s ‘Koozhangal’ (Pebbles) could make the cut. Presented by Nayanthara and Vignesh’s Rowdy Pictures, it has been helmed by debutant director PS Vinothraj. The movie follows the journey of an alcoholic father and his son who are on their way to bringing back their wife-mother, who has left home. It stars actors Karuththadaiyaan and Chellapandi in the lead roles.
Elated about his film becoming India’s official entry for the 94th Academy Awards, Vignesh tweeted, “There’s a chance to hear this! And the Oscars goes to…. Two steps away from a dream come true moment in our lives. #Pebbles #Nayanthara @PsVinothraj @thisisysr @AmudhavanKar @Rowdy_Pictures Can’t be prouder, happier & content.”
JOHN CENA IN TALKS TO STAR IN ACTION-COMEDY FILM ‘FREELANCE’
WASHINGTON: Actor and former wrestler John Cena is currently in negotiations to star in Pierre Morel’s action-comedy film ‘Freelance’. It is due to start early next year in Colombia and will likely be among the in-demand packages at the virtual AFM, which gets underway on November Writer Jacob Lentz of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ fame will be making his feature writing debut. Cena is set to appear in ‘Fast and the Furious 10’, the sequel to Hulu’s ‘Vacation Friends’, and HBO Max’s ‘Suicide Squad’ spinoff series ‘The Peacemaker’ which will commence airing in January, as per Deadline.
RAJINIKANTH TO BE CONFERRED WITH DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD
NEW DELHI: Megastar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on 25 October. He will receive the prestigious award for his stupendous contribution to the world of Indian cinema. The news was first announced by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar in April, this year. Reminding fans about the same, the official Twitter account of Directorate of Film Festivals, India wrote, “@rajinikanth fondly called as Thalaiva by his fans, will receive the 51st #DadasahebPhalkeAward, India’s highest film honour, on 25 Oct.”
For the unversed, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 should have been announced last year but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as were the National Film Awards for 2019.
The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke, awarded for excellence in cinematic achievement, is the highest honour in film and is awarded by the government. Rajinikanth who is also the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, has featured in Bollywood as well as South Indian films and has a humongous fan following.
PRIYANKA SHARES CONDOLENCES FOR CINEMATOGRAPHER ACCIDENTALLY KILLED BY ALEC
MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, on Saturday, shared her condolences for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life due to the prop gun firing incident on the set of ‘Rust’, which involved Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin.
During the production on ‘Rust’, Baldwin had fired what was described as a “prop firearm” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, resulting in the incident, where Hutchins died and the film’s director Joel Souza also got wounded. Priyanka took to her Twitter handle and shared a photo of the late cinematographer, and along with it shared a heartfelt note. She wrote, “I’m so shook. I cannot imagine what everyone involved in this tragedy is feeling. There are no words. No one should die on a film set. Period. My heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins family and everyone who knew her.”
Sources told a local newspaper that Baldwin was questioned by investigators following the incident. However, no charges have yet been filed in connection with the case, which is under investigation, Juan Rios, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement, reported Fox News.
TIGER, KRITI HEAD TO LONDON FOR ‘GANAPATH’ SHOOT
MUMBAI : Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon have headed to London to shoot Pooja Entertainment’s ‘Ganapath’. The two were all smiles as they stopped and posed for pictures to the paparazzi at the airport.
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Pooja Entertainment in association with Good Co., ‘Ganapath’ is being directed by Vikas Bahl. Touted to be an action-thriller, the film will be going on the floors soon.
‘Ganapath’ will see Tiger and Kriti sharing screen space again after their debut film ‘Heropanti’ and music video ‘Chal Wahan Jaate Hain’ Kriti will be seen in some high-octane action sequences and stunts for the film. ‘Ganapath’ will be released on 23 December 2022.
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