Roger Ebert’s review of Spielberg’s much under-rated slavery drama Amistad is a good read and the below passage stuck out to me.
Ebert points out that Amistad, like Schindler’s List before it, is about good men trying to manipulate evil systems to achieve noble causes. From the looks of the trailers, it seems like Lincoln will focus on the same idea - is this enough to call it a running theme in Spielberg’s later work?
“Amistad, like Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, is not simply an argument against immorality. We do not need movies to convince us of the evil of slavery and the Holocaust. Both films are about the ways good men try to work realistically within an evil system to spare a few of its victims. Schindler’s strategies are ingenious and suspenseful, and lead to a more gripping and powerful film than the legal tactics in Amistad, where lawyers in powdered wigs try to determine the origin of men whose language they do not speak.”
Some great pictures for any Spielberg fans interested in the director’s historical films. Robert Capa, whose work had a huge influence on Saving Private Ryan, is featured.
If you guys are interested in history I created davincings a couple days ago it’s still a work in progress (like all my blogs).