Historian eric foner, dewitt clinton professor of history at columbia university, examines the issues surrounding the historical film amistad in this essay he explores the problems faced by the producers of amistad and the shortcomings of both the film and its accompanying study guide in their attempt to portray history. The we live film family is reviewing all films directed by steven spielberg as we anxiously wait for the release of his newest film lincoln starring daniel. Midway through steven spielberg's ''amistad'' and its long-overlooked story of a slave-ship mutiny and subsequent trial, the film finally presents the experience of captivity from the viewpoint of its main african character he is the leader of this rebellion, the fierce figure who became known as cinque. Movie info in the summer of 1839, on a stormy night off the coast of cuba, 53 africans held captive in the cramped cargo holds of the spanish slave ship la amistad break critic reviews for amistad 'amistad' may not be the first, or fifth, or tenth film people talk about when spielberg's name comes up. A review essay in the february 1998 issue of commentary magazine describes the movie's bias and offers examples here are others (an excellent historical account is mutiny on the amistad by howard jones) the film consistently overstates the black and understates the white role in the effort to free the africans: 1.
Spielberg makes slavery simple by desson howe washington post staff writer friday, december 12, 1997, movie critic in amistad, spielberg makes an involving, three-ring spectacle out of slavery, as 53 african captives find themselves in a highly politicized tug of war among slave traders, sailors, abolitionists,. Reviews movie reviews of amistad the new republic, stanley kaufmann, december 22, 1997 spielberg puts people before us, not costumed actors, and he puts us among those people the very first shot, an intense close-up of a black man, dirt-caked and wet, as lightening flashes, as he struggles to pull his. Amistad is director steven spielberg's debut motion picture at dreamworks skg the film is due to be released wednesday, december 10th in new york and los angeles and friday, december 12th nationwide however, a motion for preliminary injunction by barbara chase-riboud could postpone the release.
Amistad movie review essaysthe movie amistad is a 4 star film because i believe it is historically accurate, very effective in showing the way slaves were treated, and the way slavery and the american judicial system worked during the antebellum period the movie was also a good watch, and was enter. Here's my review of steven spielberg's amistad, a historical drama starring morgan freeman, nigel hawthorne, anthony hopkins, djimon hounsou, matthew mccon.
I am perplexed as to how my fellow christian reviewers could give amistad a 2½ it escapes all reason i can't remember when, if ever, i've seen such a powerfully moving portrayal of the word of god in a major motion picture as for the reviews which speak to the historical accuracy of the film, after viewing “amistad,” i for. David denby, who devoted a third of his review in new york magazine to this same short segment, called it the “best thing in the movie,” staged by spielberg “ with a power that perhaps he alone in film history is capable of” on this view, the only truth with which amistad need bother is the visceral one the popular critics can. Read the empire review of empire essay: amistad find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination.