GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again
bluzdad at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 18 12:38:16 CST 2012
I watched it too. I was reminded that the only book I read about GAC was "Son Of the Morning Star". then I wondered wether that book was still a viable source, since I think they made a movie out of it too. I'm not sure they really pushed custers actions as important to the winning, but more as an example of what a psychopath is capable of if you put him in exactly the right situation.
I probably don't mean that the way it sounds, but it's as close as I can come to what I do mean.
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From: "Batrinque at aol.com" <Batrinque at aol.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:03 PM
Subject: GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Last evening I caught the new episode of PBS's "American Experience" titled
Custer's Last Stand". It was fairly well done; i.e., neither engaged in
mindless Custer-bashing nor was a worshipful paean to the man. It very
much focused on Custer himself (and his wife) rather than on the battle of
Little Big Horn per se. There were a few minor errors and some
interpretations I don't wholly agree with, but that is par for the course.
One of the latter was the emphasis on how important Custer's actions were
in winning at Gettysburg. The
photography was much in the mode popularized by Ken Burns's "The Civil
of old photos, many of which were not of the subject actually being
discussed on screen, while the camera zooms in or out or scans from side
to provide a sense of dynamism not present in a static photo. I find it
interesting that in a print work of history (a book) a wholly different
standard of acceptable practice applies -- in any reputable history book
would seldom find photos of "not the real thing" used (unless carefully
identified as such) but on the TV screen that is normal practice (and in
justification I suppose you could say that necessity is behind it: you
up two hours of screen time with just images that were actually
at the time).
Not the greatest thing I have ever seen on television, not the worst. Not
the best thing ever done on George Custer or his last battle, and far from
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