The Great Sacrifice of President Jefferson Davis (2007)
highlights of the life of slavery-backing President Davis
Don't bother with this biography of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War and afterwards. There is nothing good about it. You learn virtually nothing about Davis and his wife. Scenes of doing nothing but walking or looking out somewhere are way too long and too often. The acting is amateurish. The script is terrible. They used a lot of film of the Civil War battle reenactments at the national parks where they happened. I was lucky, because I had been to a lot of those parks and recognized them. The makers of the film didn't provide any labels along with the park filmage, except for the battle of Antietam. Some of the speeches of Jefferson Davis were delivered by the actor that played Davis, but they were long winded and hard to understand, partly because of technical difficulties and partly because they kept putting in the same too-loud sound effects of horses' hooves hitting the pavement. And, really, who wants to listen to a President of the wicked old South, a racist heaven for the whites, stand up there and justify the South's going to war to maintain the institution of slavery?
After the end of the Civil War, the South went right on just as racist as it could be. They were never going to change their racist attitudes and government and culture. And even after the passage of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, they still kept on with their racism to this very day and into the future.
The film is a racist film, hoping to build up the spirits of white racist terrorists and the spirits of all too many white supporters of a racist South.
The name of the company that made the film is Confederate Pictures, and doesn't that just tell you a lot about the film?
Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.
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