A review of amistad a 1997 historical drama film by steven spielberg

Cinque was kidnapped by slave traders outside his village, and held in the slave fortress of Lombokowhere thousands of captives were held under heavy guard.

This grossly exaggerates the portentousness of the case. Holabird brings charges of piracy and murder. The film consistently overstates the black and understates the white role in the effort to free the Africans: More important, the film creates a false impression re the kind of arguments presented to the Supreme Court in behalf of the Africans, and the basis of their victory.

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Here a person who never existed is represented as making an argument in a meeting that never took place, supporting a thesis that Adams never adopted. Baldwin proves through documents found hidden aboard La Amistad that the African people were initially cargo belonging to a Portuguese slave ship, the Tecora.

A lawyer named Roger Sherman Baldwinhired by the abolitionist Lewis Tappan and his black associate Theodore Joadson, decides to defend the Africans.

Was this review helpful? The Lomboko slave fortress is liberated by the Royal Marines under the command of Captain Fitzgerald. Gedney, and Richard W. Spoilers Movies about historical subjects often fictionalize.

Because of the release of the Africans, Van Buren loses his re-election campaign, and tension builds between the North and the South, which would eventually culminate in the Civil War.

But the Court was applying the positive law of its time. One day, 50 captives were thrown overboard. The mutineers spare the lives of two Spanish navigators to help them sail the ship back to Africa. People were not predicting or threatening civil war, despite events far more divisive than a Supreme Court decision based on the illegality of the transatlantic slave trade.

Those captives that were not sold at auction were handed over to La Amistad. Amistad has a strong ideological slant and revises history accordingly. The film gives no sign of the impressive intellectual strength in the white abolitionist ranks, e.

The decision that they were not was based on a law and a fact: This rationale protected mutinous blacks, provided they had been illegally held as slaves. An excellent historical account is "Mutiny on the Amistad" by Howard Jones. Fitzgerald explains that some slave ships when interdicted do this to get rid of the evidence for their crime.

Later on, the ship arrived in Havana, Cuba. After pressure from Senator John C. By this proposal mutinous blacks fleeing places other than the American South could be declared free on their arrival in a free Northern state, regardless of their slave status elsewhere.

It accepted the rationale argued by the abolitionists from the beginning Janes to the abolitionist leaders, Staples and Sedgwick to Van Buren and presented by Baldwin as his second argument. At the Supreme Court, he makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release, and is successful.

An ex President exposing the machinations of the current chief executive, a former Secretary of State examining and scolding every step and misstep of the present Secretary! Cinque tells his story at trial: Baldwin argues that the Africans had been captured in Africa to be sold in the Americas illegally.

The film also misleads by anachronistically positing the danger of civil war if the Africans won in court: Cinque and many others were then sold to the Tecora, where they were held in the brig of the ship.

It suggests that the captives were freed because Adams persuaded the court to stand tall with the Declaration of Independence and the Founding Fathers.

The historical role of Dwight Janes a white New London abolitionist of alerting American abolitionists to the arrest of the Africans is transferred to Joadson, a fictitious black abolitionist.

Within two weeks, Seth Staples and Theodore Sedgwick, white abolitionist lawyers, had addressed a memo to President Van Buren, reinforcing the Janes analysis and arguing powerfully against any executive move to take the case away from the courts.

In an early sentence, Baldwin invoked "the great principles of the Revolution," the Declaration of Independence and "the genius of our institutions," but he did not profess to derive his legal conclusions from these premises. The divination, the legal advice and the crowning argument were all fanciful.Like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg spent the s alternating between highly commercial projects such as Jurassic Park and more personal ventures such as Schindler's List, both released in As List did with Park, Amistad arrived the winter following The Lost World, and used an extraordinary historical incident to address a larger topic, in this instance slavery rather than the Holocaust.

Amistad is a American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S.

revenue ultimedescente.comn by: David Franzoni. Amistad. Amistad is a historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by a U.S.

revenue cutter. That is, in essence, what Steven Spielberg's gripping drama "Amistad" is about. Through its various dramas, Spielberg presents a case about a group of Africans, who, after being seized from their home, were forced onto a ship and sent to the United States aboard "La Amistad".

Steven Spielberg crafts a good historical drama. However it's not without its flaws.

The problem with Amistad is that it takes a terrific aspect of history, and over bloats it into a romanticized 76%. Dec 12,  · One of the astonishing facts revealed in Steven Spielberg's “Amistad” is that seven of the nine U.S.

Supreme Court justices in were slave-owning Southerners. His new film centers on the legal status of Africans who rise up against their captors on the high seas and are brought to trial in a New England court.3/5.

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