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Gods and Generals VHS
A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
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One thing I like about these movies, and the books they were taken from, is that they provide a perspective that is both fair and open-minded. They spend more time interpreting and comparing the similarities of the men who fought it, and less time on the ideology and politics that divided them.
The film is also well acted. The depiction of Thomas Jackson, arguably the greatest tactician of the war, was particularly well done.
Gods and Generals is an over the top movie about historical characters who, for the past near 150 years have been portrayed in every media form as larger than life and nearly God-like. How can a single movie change attitudes and convey anything but that?
For all its faults, and there are a few, this movie is beautiful and sad to watch all at the same time. War IS hell. For anyone who has never experienced it to say anything about it is about as valuable as someone trying to describe a food they've never eaten and know nothing about. I feel this film did a great job helping people to understand both sentiments and the feeling of war.
War is hell and in hell you need Gods. These Gods are called Generals.
However, there are no rules when dealing with interpreting history. Political correctness is not always necessary to
understanding historical events. In fact, imposing modern beliefs to historical events will never work. So, accept the
movie for what it is, not what you want it to be. If the facts are correct, there should be no problem with the author's and/or
director's interpretation. The historical facts are accurate in my opinion. Yes, the movies does seems to be rather sympathetic to
the Southern side.
Yes, the Southern side appears to be more noble and the slavery issue is highly glossed over. But that is true in much of the
fiction and much of the nonfiction literature when it comes to the Civil War. However, the nobility and courage of the Northern soldiers is not ignored or downplayed in this movie.
I like epic movies and I enjoyed this extended cut far better than the original theatrical release.
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