|Glory, starring Matthew Broderick|
However, our discussion after the movie was quite interesting. The character of Frederick Douglass was shown a couple times in the film as a quiet, seemingly broody character. I was curious about why he was shown in some scenes, and it turns out that two of Douglass' sons were fighting in that exact infantry in the Civil War. But what made this information interesting was the fact that his two boys were not obvious characters in the movie. The script writers chose not to develop characters based on Douglass' sons, instead making Douglass himself appear in a couple scenes. I think this is because Douglass was such a prominent character in the fight for emancipation. He was an extremely well-known figure of the 1800s and I believe the producers of Glory added him in merely because he was so well-known. If the script writers of the film had created characters based on Douglass' sons, I feel like the boys would have had a lesser impact on the meaning of the film as a whole, which is why I believe they chose to put Douglass himself in.
Nevertheless, the movie was really good and I hope to see more like it in the future!