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“Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination”

Aug 27, 2013 at 8:32pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
The major motion picture PARKLAND explores the assassination of John Kennedy from perspectives never before seen: the doctors and nurses at the hospital, the boots-on-the-ground G-men at the FBI field office in Dallas, the family of Lee Harvey Oswald -- caught in their own metaphorical cross fire.
from Parkland 9 comments

“Presidents in Peril”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:27pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Presidents in Peril
Here at The American Film Company, we've now made movies based on the two most famous assassinations in American history. And while the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have always captured the nation's attention, many forget that there were two other presidents assassinated, not to mention "serious" attempts on several others:
from Parkland 3 comments

“Infamous by Association”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:22pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Infamous by Association
One key storyline in PARKLAND examines the affect of Lee Harvey Oswald's infamous crime on his family, specifically his blue-collar brother Robert (played by James Badge Dale) and his more-than-eccentric mother, Marguerite (Jackie Weaver).
from Parkland 2 comments

“Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?”

Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
It's the question that almost any person (of a certain age) can answer. Where were you when you learned that the President had been shot?
from Parkland 10 comments

“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
from The Conspirator 52 comments

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  • BrianFalk
    04/16/2010 at 3:59pm

    BrianFalk

    Vergennes, I'm a big fan of the idea that the antagonist is simply the protagonist with another point of view, so I appreciate your call for balance on the Braddock story. To be honest, as an American, I've thought of the story more from a young George Washington's point of view. Before finding himself in Braddock's peloton of officers, he was a disgraced militia officer whose earlier blunder in battle at Fort Necessity had forced him to quit the service altogether. His heroism at the Monongahela put him back on a career path that became legendary, of course. But I love the idea of a well-rounded story that may leave a viewer guessing the identity of the bad guy (or even the good guy).

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • TAFC_Staff
    04/15/2010 at 6:01pm

    TAFC_Staff

    Hey leeladek,

    It was recently reported that Darren Aronofsky is set to direct a film centering on Jackie Kennedy immediately following the assassination. Rachel Weisz is signed on to star as the First Lady.

    What do you guys think of the project/casting?

    Here's the link.

    from 10 Best American History Movies
  • Vergennes
    04/15/2010 at 2:47pm

    Vergennes

    Braddock's campaign is definitely an interesting topic, but it would need to be told from both points of view. In Québec's school history,the story goes like this: In time of peace, Braddock leads a behemoth towards a French fort, and is defeated by the heroic efforts of both regular soldiers, colonial militia, and especially several hundred Indian allies. It is a classic David vs Goliath story, especially since the French commander was killed at the start.
    The film could tell a truly American story - Québécois are Americans too - with Braddock as the perfidious English villain. The film should avoid a cop-out, as when Master & Commander turns the large American frigate into a non-existent French one. The story also integrates several strands of American history: English colonists, French colonists, and the Indians, and elements such as French and Indian inter-marriage, the Great Peace of Montréal (1701).
    The film could take about a third of the time to show the woodsmen hacking a road through the wilderness and the power of the English army. Some contrast between colonists and English regulars could be underlined. Then, the scene could switch to Fort Duquesne, as news arrives and the French commander makes preparations, with discussions between Indian leaders and the French officers. A large part would go to the meeting engagement, as dramatic a battle as any film-maker could hope. At the end, the camera pans over the bodies, and Washington, effiicient but not a demi-god, organizes the retreat to Virginia.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • robbo22
    04/15/2010 at 8:39am

    robbo22

    I agree with most of the selections. I must put in a vote for Peter O' Toole as Lawrence of Arabia, he was magnificent in this, his first role on film. I also enjoyed Burt Lancaster as Elmer Gantry, if Elmer really was a person.

    from Best/Worst Performances by an Actor Portraying a Historical Figure
  • leeladek
    04/14/2010 at 5:44pm

    leeladek

    It's a shame that so few movies about American history have featured women in the main role. I look forward to the American Film Company addressing this imbalance.

    from 10 Best American History Movies

“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

163 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light... More

“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More
 

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