Scores of photographs, storyboard illustrations, and historical documents illuminate the making of the Spielberg film about the slave-ship mutiny and trial that helped ignite the Civil War. Also included are essays by the director, poet Maya Angelou
, and actress/choreographer/producer Debbie Allen.
From School Library Journal
YA-This book will appeal primarily to YAs interested in film study because of its excellent background on the casting, producing, and shooting of Amistad. Students of history will also be interested because of the additional information on the insurrection itself. The large, eye-catching photographs draw readers to the emotional essays of Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, and Debbie Allen, who had the idea for the film. Her desire to bring the story to the screen led her to Spielberg because she believed he was the one director who could bring a story of this nature to fruition. Despite the film's somewhat diminished success, this book will cause many readers to question how much more of our country's history has been kept hidden. William Byrd, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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