SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012:
1:00 PM: Civil War historian and former NPR film [music] commentator Noah Andre Trudeau leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this classic Hollywood movie.
2:00 PM: Gettysburg (1993, 254 min, unrated, directed by Ronald F. Maxwell) It’s called the greatest battle ever fought on American soil—the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg, the movie based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, is a lengthy historical account of this pivotal battle of the American Civil War. For three hot summer days in 1863—July 1,2, and 3—in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 165,000 Confederate and Union troops clashed in bitter combat. The movie attempts to humanize the fallen men and focuses on successful and unsuccessful tactical strategies.
6:30 PM: Civil War historian and former NPR film [music] commentator Noah Andre Trudeau leads a pre-screening discussion highlighting historical tidbits and things to look and listen for in this classic Hollywood movie.
7:00 PM: Gods and Generals (2003, 229 min, rated PG, directed by Ronald F. Maxwell) Based on Jeff Shaara’s best-selling historical novel Gods and Generals, the movie covers the events of the American Civil War before the climactic 1863 battle of Gettysburg. Reedited from beginning to end with the inclusion of Shakespearean actor and future Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth (Chris Connor), and other never-before-seen footage. Director Ron Maxwell tells the story of the Civil War’s beginnings in this extended director’s cut.
Copperhead the movie is unlike any Civil War story that has ever been filmed. It is a story of the war at home—of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the homefront during the Civil War, Copperhead is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the awful cost of war—a cost measured not in dollars but in fractured families, broken loves, and men dead before their time.
Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.
Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home.
With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell, who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning and unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle.
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