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Gods and Generals (2003)

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Some Books Should Stay Books
Added by pete saddy (email, web) on 2004-11-12 23:35:04

Hello,
My name is Peter and I read your review of ‘Gods and Generals’.
As a moderate film buff and an absolute fan of the trilogy of books (Jeff Shaara, The Killer Angels, Gods and Generals, Last Full Measure) that preceded the movie I am quite certain you are expecting a scathing rebuke of your slightly subjective review. Well, don’t hold your breath. I am sorry to say I agreed with every line penned by you (the author); with exception to the last.
If I am to be permitted I would like to take a shot at defending Mr. Turner, Mr. Maxwell and the honor of Mr. Shaara.

Like Mr. Turner. The civil war arouses a certain passion within me. Not the kind of passion that visualizes me wearing the clothes of the period and prancing around the battlefield dishonoring those that died. I will leave that to the less fortunate. My passion lies within the retelling of the tale in order to invoke an interest in the subject, which, I believe Mr. Turner tried valiantly to do with ‘Gods and Generals’. No matter the magic employed by Mr. Maxwell, some books where meant to stay books. Gods and Generals is most deffintly one of them. I have read and re-reread all three books of the trilogy and this would never had happened had I not seen ‘Gettysburg’ (1993)

I am not an American citizen nor do I live anywhere near any of the places mentioned in any one of the books. But I do know I sat fascinated as I watched ‘Gettysburg’ for the first time. The cinematography, the speed at which the film moved, and as I was to later learn, the historical accuracy of Mr. Maxwell’s work stunned and excited me. After watching Gettysburg I went straight out bought the DVD, all three books of Shaara’s trilogy and thus began my fascination with the civil war. If this can happen to me, imagine the effect it may have on a professional film critic. Believe me, I had no interest in the civil war prior to the movie. . I am sure when Mr. Turner decided to bring these books to life; it was purely from the standpoint of wanting to share his fascination of this epic battle with others, in a way on Ted Turner can. Bring it to Life!
I believe Gettysburg to be an amazing piece of film work from an absolutely subjective point of view. But it did have the desired effect; the effect from which the idea to produce the movie was born.
It caused me to learn some history surrounding my cousins to the south.

I suggest you forget you saw ‘Gods and Generals’ and give Gettysburg a chance. It was quite the opposite in so many ways Mr. Maxwell’s valiant attempt to bring the first book to life.

Regards,
Peter S. Saddy
Corus Entertainment




Where's Peter?
Added by K   on 2005-04-19 15:21:13

Where are you?




"Where is Peter"
Added by Lacasa (email, web) on 2005-07-12 12:38:45

K,
Mr. Saddy was a resident of Canada at the time the above article was written.
LS




Re: Gods and Generals (2003)
Added by John   on 2005-08-19 18:39:42

I did a search for Peter Caddy, and Corus Entertainment, but couldn't find anything. Who is Lacasa? I'm confused!




Confused John
Added by l. lacasa (email, web) on 2005-08-21 10:00:57

John - Perhaps spelling Peter's Last name correctly will assist you in locating that what it is you seek.
SADDY not Caddy.

Lacasa is the woman behind the man

www.saddybydesign.com will tell you all you need to know
L




Re: Gods and Generals (2003)
Added by Elsa (email) on 2005-09-20 16:31:48

Hello,

Does anyone knows anything about Petet Saddy? It is important for me?
Thanks




Re: Gods and Generals (2003)
Added by Lacasa   on 2005-10-20 15:04:21

I believe it is spelled
PETER SADDY

and yes, alot of people know alot of things.

What is it you wish to know?

Kristin




Re: Gods and Generals (2003)
Added by K   on 2005-12-03 21:42:55

Lacasa,

Why are you hiding behind MY name?




Agree 100%
Added by David   on 2005-12-04 19:14:09

My father was born and raised in Virginia, and as a kid I got introduced to some of the major civil war battle areas. I wouldn't say I'm a civil war affacionado or anything, but I do know a bit about the civil war, the personalities involved (my Dad had a picture of Stonewall Jackson on his office wall) and consider myself someone predisposed to appreciate a film like this.

I really did try and watch this film, and it's basically unwatchable. I think I fell asleep several times, during the long uninterrupted speeches that masquerade as dialogue. I hear Shaara's books are very good, but it seems that the filmmakers involved with Gods and Generals considered this materail to be holy scripture.




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