Gone With the Wind is typical of Hollywood films that condescend to the slave experience while playing fast and loose with historical details.
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.
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.
(ANDREW COOPER, SMPSP/AP)
The list of reasonably accurate films – such as Beloved – is short and relatively recent.
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