Band of Angels
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Academy Award winners Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier star with Yvonne DeCarlo in this story of an aristocratic young woman who falls from theheights of Southern society to the absolute bottom--and of the forbiddenlove that redeems her in A Band of Angels.New Orleans, 1860s. Southern Belle Amantha Starr is away atan exclusive girls' school when her father dies unexpectedly. She learnsshe is now penniless: Her father had lost everything--their money, theirplantation and their slaves. Worse, the truth comes out that her motherwas part African American--and under the law of Louisiana, Amantha mustbe sold into slavery. She is purchased by plantation owner Hamish Bond, who soon falls in love with his beautiful new slave--earningAmantha the resentment of overseer Rau Ru . When the UnitedStates' Civil War breaks out, Bond loses his plantation and reveals tothe newly freed Amantha that he yearned his fortune as a slave trader.]]>
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The plot involves a pre-Civil War Southern belle (whose father has sent her to school in the north which should give you a hint) who returns to Kentucky when her father falls ill. She arrives to see him being buried, and immediately afterwards hears first that her father was bankrupt and all the slaves will be sold and then that she herself is the child of a slave woman and therefore she too will be sold. It seems her father had an affair with a mulatto slave and raised the child as if the mother had been white and married to him. He has (somewhat unbelievably) concealed this from his child, who doesn't understand why her mother is buried outside the family cemetery. Our beautifully-dressed belle ends up being literally sold down the river -- she leaves pleasant Kentucky to be sold on a New Orleans auction block. (The further south you got, the worse conditions were: the other slaves are probably going to end up on a mosquito-infested sugar cane plantation and face a much worse fate than she does, but the movie fails to make this point). It's an eye-opener how particularly shocking the slave auction is when an apparently white woman is being auctioned -- which gives a lot of insight into subliminal racism.
Although a bit dated at parts (the music at the beginning, for example, and the scenes with the slaves singing like a choir), this is a very thought-provoking and yet entertaining movie. I highly recommend it.
The negative reviewer obviously did not see this movie, because:
The Clark Gable character was not a rapist.
On the contrary, if anything, the Sidney Poitier character said Hamish Bond killed with kindness.
The woman house servant had only good things to say about Bond.
Amantha Starr did not fall in love with a rapist.
Hamish Bond's revelations at the end may have been melodramatic, drums beating in the background, but the pathetic truth is, the slave trade had its advocates in both races and both continents.
And life under the Carpetbagger occupation had certain hazards, especially for women.
For an interesting twist on the subject, read _River Rising_ by Athol Dickson, set in Louisiana bayous in 1927.
Also, _A Country Such as This_ the re-released excellent novel and social commentary by James Webb, former Secretary of the Navy.
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In many ways BAND OF ANGELS was a better movie than GONE WITH THE WIND.Published 1 month ago by Dennis Chojnowski
One of the best movies about the old South ever. Gable is a stud and the beauty of Yvonne DeCarlo is unequalled.Published 3 months ago by Leo G. Furla
This is one of Clark Gable's best film to my way of thinking. It is real good. The DVD itself was good to. Give a 5 Star for alway around tops.Published 3 months ago by Pattsy Orsburn
They dont have the magic they used to. Clark Gable can make any woman swoonPublished 5 months ago by K. KESSLER
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