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The 2006 film Amazing Grace tells the story of William Wilberforce’ battle against the slave trade, and tells it very damn well, thank you Michael Apted and cast: wonderfully professional in every detail.
Hope, Not Expect
Jan and I streamed it last night, hoping, as always, for the best; expecting, typically … our expectations are commonly modest. Even in the star role I didn’t expect much from Ioan Gruffudd, but by the end we were extolling all the major cast, and even unidentified figures with no more than three words for lines. You want to see familiar character actors be indistinguishable from the woodwork, a whole population of Great Britain, of England, of history, of the 18th Century … fitting onto the screen, check this out. Even Wilberforce’ love interest was tastefully handled, never competing against the great subject(s) for attention: bravo the girl (and costuming, and makeup … and Apted …
And bravo to the whole production for blending in the story of that greatest of Christian songs, the title hymn: Albert Finney, the barefoot mopping monk.
Still, all that, as important as it is, is merely my launch pad today, not my subject. That I’ll need to take time with.
Background prep: English Department Meeting.
absorb that, i be back, just setting the table
quick sketch: Wilber is elected to the House of Commons, Parliament. He’s a subject in a kleptocracy pretending to be based on communiction: intelligence: God to man, God to Church, God/Church to king, king to subjects … man to wife, priest to child … men among men … Communication.
No: there’s a lot of jockeying, pretending … a lot of rhetoric; virtually no effective diiscussion: unless it’s to ratify more profits for the kleptocracy’s privileged.
Wilberforce discovers that slavery cannot reasonably be discussed: until he first sabotages the profits! by other, non-democratic means. Jesus has to be Hitler before Jesus can be Jesus.
Nosus decipio: we cheat.
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