Independence Day and the Silver Screen

With the National Holiday taking place today and over the weekend, I’d be interested in knowing some of your favorite movies dealing with the Celebration of ourcountry’s birth in 1776. That is the name of one of my favorites, based on a broadway musical that I “saw” in 1971. I say “saw”, because I was 15 years old, and paid next to no attention. Over the years I have seen the musical performed by a local group, and loved it. I also saw the movie 3 or 4 times (I look for it over the July 4th holiday every year).

Another recent favorite of mine is the HBO mini-series, John Adams, which I just picked up on Blu-Ray a couple months ago. Excellent dramatization of John and Abigail Adams lives enmeshed in politics and revolution and life just prior to the Revolution and at the turn of the 19th century as the third president, played wonderfully by Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. Also , David Morse made an uncanny semblance to George Washington as we know him from seeing him on the dollar bill.

Saving Private Ryan made a big impact on me, especially that Normandy beach invasion of D-Day. Quite graphic and gave us an immediate sense of the immensity of the conflict and the horrors (that is, short of actually being there, to whom it is truly life altering on a very real level).

Got any of your own to share? We truly have many things to be grateful for in this 237 year experiment in Democracy we call The United States of America.