Friday, April 18, 2014
Amistad: See It
I had intended to go see this when it came out, but never quite got around to it. I watched it on Netflix Tuesday night. It is powerful -- in some respects, more affecting than Twelve Years a Slave. There are certain liberties taken with respect to oversimplifying involvement of some of the lawyers, but the essence of the film is pretty solid -- and horrifying. The sequence at trial where Cinque describes the trans-Atlantic journey is well-attested and I may well use it in an upcoming lecture about the slave trade for my Western Civ class. The sequence at the U.S. Supreme Court -- where a strong majority of the justices were slave owners, and overwhelmingly took the side of the Amistad's cargo -- matches the decision The U.S. v. The Amistad (1841)..