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In pictures: Hollywood films and American slavery

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Gone With the Wind is typical of Hollywood films that condescend to the slave experience while playing fast and loose with historical details.


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Hollywood’s record on the subject of American slavery has been woeful, while delivering some of the medium’s biggest blockbusters, from the overt racism of 1915’s The Birth of a Nation to the condescension, a quarter-century later, of Gone with the Wind.

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12 Years a Salve combines the visceral intensity of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained with the gravity of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: It is both in your face and in your head.


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The list of reasonably accurate films – such as Beloved – is short and relatively recent.

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