Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)
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First of all, the film tries too hard to have it both ways, both condemning and romanticizing slavery. Secondly, slaves Eliza and George (as well as the couple's son and Eliza's mother) are played by white actors. And by that I don't mean they're played by white actors in blackface make-up, which was a common practice at the time. I mean the characters are played by white actors, completely undisguised! So you're forced to sit there and just pretend that you're watching black people! It's about as convincing as Tom Hanks playing Martin Luther King! Watching a white master beat up on a white slave renders the whole movie kind of ridiculous.
this is very much in the blockbuster style. not an artsy film at all. very one-note characters and ridiculous sequences throughout. and it looks about five years older than it is, which is significant in the silent film era. but the film is very entertaining. let me put it this way. i was not planning to watch this movie, but flipped to it and kept watching. and this is a silent movie we're talking about here! the plot is a bit disingenuous because of the slightly positive depiction of slavery and the choice of mulatto slave protagonists for the audience to relate to. also, many of the african americans in the film verify stereotypes of them. but tom's character, the best acted part in the film, redeems most of that latent racist pathos with his excellent demeanor. so while it is a bit shallow on the literary front, it is entertaining for a silent film.
Love the movie & the book, which was my favorite when I was a child ... reading it every summer - loved New Orleans - and everything else about this place, my man and my child ...
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