Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)
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Superior made-for-TV fare, with solid acting, orchestral music score and cinematography. In fact it would probably look pretty good on one of the smaller screens of a multiplex theatre, or a school auditorium. It's also reasonably accurate historically, even if there's some necessary dramatic fictionalizing. About the only scenes that are clunkers are those set in Paris when Sally helps the protestor steal some bread, then benefits from his intervention in turn. Not necessary to the story anyway--best left on the editing room floor.
I have never seen any other stories about their relationship so I have nothing to compare this to and I am not sure how accurate the details are. That being said I think this was well done and it certainly portrayed a commited, loving couple despite the incredibly difficult problems attatched to their connection. It was simply accepted that the truth was never to be addressed even by family, even by his own children who it appeared hardly ever called him papa. I can only imagine the social consequences of that time. It proves they were two very strong individuals who chose to be together even if it meant giving up their rights to be married and accepted by everyone. Good performances by all.
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