The Gospel at Colonus (1985)
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I can't believe they had The Gospel of Colonus listed here. Wild, huh? It's a filmed version of a performance done for PBS, so you probably won't find it anywhere. It's a retelling of the least famous part of the Oedipus trilogy, Oedipus at Colonus, which comes in between the more renowned Oedipus Rex and Antigone. The twist is that, instead of taking place in ancient Greece, it takes place during a black church service. Hence, the "Gospel". You gotta give it points for originality. Morgan Freeman is the anchor of the play, because, well, he's Morgan Freeman. The music is good, for the most part, but there's only a few really memorable songs. There's a lot of energy and emotion, though, and that's what counts the most. My American Lit professor brought up an interesting point today- originality and imitation are closely intertwined. We've been reading the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass, and both tought themselves how to write through mimickry. Emerson says that poets copy what God creates, as if being original means making a mistake. It's interesting, because things really haven't changed- The Matrix and Kill Bill are two examples of highly popular works that borrow from all kinds of things. For the second time in as many weeks, I've struck out at a book sale. Of course, I shouldn't be complaining- I've got a college library at my disposal. But sometimes it's nice to have a book that's yours. Of course, people tend to donate the least desirable books, but I have found some useful stuff before. Of course, now that the one guy confessed to fabricating those hate crimes, everybody is saying that they suspected it all along. Yeah, sure.
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