The Killing of Mary Surratt
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Boardinghouse owner Mary Surratt was one of four Southern sympathizers who was tried, convicted and executed for conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln. Believed by many to have been innocent, Mrs. Surratt was nevertheless charged with the crime and within two months would swing from the gallows in Washington D.C. Was Mary truly guilty of the crime, or just a busy mother and innkeeper in the wrong place at the wrong time? While the film's aim is to leave it for you to decide, her story will ultimately remind you of the dangers of mass hysteria, criminal profiling, and trigger-happy vengeance following a national tragedy.
Based in part on Mary Surratt's defense attorney's last minute plea to President Andrew Johnson to spare Mrs. Surratt from execution, this critically acclaimed film has been accepted to film festivals across the U.S. It also won BEST SHORT FILM at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival in Sacramento.
Special Features on the DVD include:
1) On Mary Surratt: An Interview with director Chris King
2) Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Photos
3) Sounds of Mary: Scoring the Film with composer Richard Altenbach
4) Real Photos of the Real Prisoners Before Their Execution
5) Actress Mary Beth Barber's audition
6) Filmmaker Audio Commentary on More Surratt History
7) Filmmaker Audio Commentary on the Making of the Film
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Another piece I found interesting & so well created for the film is the music. It seems to just fit the mood of the scenes as things move along, just perfectly. Lastly, another excellent piece is in the extra items - facts about Mary & the overall situation, that aren't commonly known. They're focused on her, who she is, and thoughts on her potential involvement or innocence - not the assassination. There are also some miscellaneous points I learned that were very interesting.
Overall, would highly recommend the film. As mentioned, even in its 26 minutes, it definitely provides some different perspective, and makes you think...