Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blood Clot/Dreadlock: Twisting Meanings/Hiding Heroes

"The creative process begins with selection: which narratives we decide to privilege over others matters. Our myths reveal mountains about who we are as a nation. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” erased Frederick Douglass, reinforcing the tired notion that a singular white man, through the sheer force of his moral conviction, brought slavery to an end. In “Lincoln,”...this cliché not only hobbles the film’s cultural relevancy, it is a narrative failure as well. The story begins with Lincoln already having formed his opposition to slavery. Without the history of his relationship to Douglass, we have no idea how this president is willing to risk so much to pass the 13th Amendment. There is no inciting incident, no motivating factor: We are left with just a determined man. And the story suffers for it."

"Every move a picture,..."


Is the real story sinking in yet?

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