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The history books will clean it up

Love this movie so, so much. Of course, TCM had to run it while I was at the theatre today. (Remember, five more performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream!)



Yes, it's about a bunch of landholding white men squabbling amongst themselves. Make no mistake, what they made in that hot room in Philadelphia was a beginning. It's still a work in progress.

And so long as that work continues, it's worth celebrating. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

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neadods
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
I love, love, love that movie, and a surprising amount of it actually came from their letters, diaries, and comments.

*uses icon because it's from the movie*
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
That is indeed one of the awesome things about it. :-)
amilyn
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Indeed. And well said.
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
It was going to be a lot longer, but I was/am Too Damn Tired. And I think maybe it's better off short & to the point anyway.
aceofkittens
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Ha! I watched part of it today too. :) It's one of my favorites!

"Not everyone's from Boston, John!" :D
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
The movie is generally considered to belong to William Daniels, and I won't argue with that. But DaSilva steals more than one moment from him for sure. :-)
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wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
It's just such fun. And not sugarcoated, which is probably the best thing about it. I love that it so clearly says "A bunch of people, none of whom agree on anything and some of whom openly despise one another, can still get an important thing done. Eventually. And with compromises."
padawansguide
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I love 1776! I watched it today too - I try to every year!!
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I try every year, but this year I failed due to professional commitment. I should probably break down and buy it.
padawansguide
Jul. 5th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
For some reason the DVD is a different cut of the movie (it has extra footage, but also just uses different takes) than the VHS tape. I don't mind the director's cut, but why not have both versions? It's weird.
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
How weird! IIRC, that's the version they run on TCM as well -- I remember them saying something one of the last couple times about "Cool, Calm, Considerate Men" not being in the prior cut.
padawansguide
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I'm fine with that song - but I like the original cut of the movie!
swirling_poetry
Jul. 5th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I think that "The Lees of Virginia" justifies the existence of adverbs.

Oh, 1776, how I love thee. I've had a serious crush on John Adams since I first saw it in the 5th grade, and that has only grown and changed with the more biographies I read.
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I think that "The Lees of Virginia" justifies the existence of adverbs.

Or, at the very least, makes them more entertaining!
studiesinlight
Jul. 5th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
I saw that movie for the first (and so far only) time with Abby. I'm very, very lucky.

Also: love my country, love that movie, love what the real historical figures tried so hard to do and how people keep trying to push it on its way. Again, so lucky.
wiliqueen
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would love to have done that! {{{ hugs }}}
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