Posted: September 13, 2016 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Aaron Eckhardt, Anna Gunn, Captain Phillips, Chesley Sullenburger, Clint Eastwood, Do The Right Thing, Jamey Sheridan, Laura Linney, Michael Rappaport, Mike O’Malley, Parker Sawyers, Pauline Kael, Richard Tanner, Saving Mr. Banks, Southside With You, Spike Lee, Tika Sumpter, Tom hanks, Tom Komarnicki, Tom McElroy, Valerie Mahaffey | Leave a comment »
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
When Pauline Kael reviewed Abel Gance’s Napoleon, she talked, somewhat negatively, of Gance’s approach to the future emperor. She said something to the affect that when Napoleon is an adult, Gance treats him as a man of destiny; when the subject is young and in school, he’s presented as a child of destiny.
This isn’t an unusual way to approach biopics of famous people; treating them as archetypes, rather than human beings like anyone else one might meet on the street, an approach closer to what George Bernard Shaw tried to do in such works as Caeser and Cleopatra and St. Joan.
But even Shaw’s plays seem more like the Fast and Furious franchise when compared to Southside With You, the chronicling of an early and ordinary day in the life of two people who later became two of the most powerful people in the world.
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