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Flashback: Great Movie Moments For The Declaration Of Independence

CJW, July 2, 2010 8:10 AM

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"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace;
that two, are called a law firm;
and that three or more,
Become a Congress!"

-- John Adams, "1776"

Videos From "1776" and HBO's "John Adams" Below

C.J. Westerberg

I remember seeing the movie "1776"  -- an all-time controversial classic --At Radio City Music Hall for a school day trip way back when and wonder if schools are still showing it.  Great cast and concept from the Broadway show, with dramatic scenes addressing timeless issues and one the biggest -  slavery with the seeds of the Civil War being sown - and narratives that would be hard to find in any school textbook.  Check out the video below for interview with the late Peter Stone, author of "1776", the musical.

"The "Cool Considerate Men" sequence from the restored version of the film. This sequence was cut out of the original release upon complaint by President Richard Nixon, for the song allegedly drew many parallels between the opponents of American Independence in 1776 to the modern conservative right."   (YouTube)

It's impossible to resist the dynamic between John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and between Abigail and John, among others.  (The tween daughter watched "1776" about 18 times). 

And, for pure drama, check out two show-stopping scenes from the extraordinary HBO series, "John Adams":  the first is about drafting and the second about the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.

Check out Boing Boing with their post how Jefferson changed "subjects" to "citizens".  Interesting, but much adieu about nothing - when one takes it into context.  

"Good God, man, what in hell are you waiting for?"
- John Adams, "1776"



Video #1-  Money quotes start at 1:45 - "For God's Sake John Sit Down"
Video #2 - "Cool Cool Considerate Men"
Video #3 - Peter Stone Interview about "1776" - Richard Nixon and John Adams
Video #4 - Show-stopping song : Who will write the Declaration of Independence?  "But Mr. Adams"
Video #4 - Fabulous scene from HBO special series - "JOHN ADAMS" about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence
Video #5 - Scene from HBO's "John Adams" series - Congress approves The Declaration of Independence!

 













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