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I wondered about reactions to this film, which has been praised, partly because I haven't seen it due to being put off by what I'd read about its portrayal of LBJ. I suppose I'm a stickler for movies claiming to report historical events staying with the facts we know. I don't buy the argument that it's okay for the filmmaker to use license with the facts. Many people will see these films and assume they're accurate.

I could be making too much of this reported controversy; that's why I'm asking what people thought. Reportedly the film paints Johnson as reluctant to support King. While he may have wanted King to give his administration more time to work things out before King moved on the Selma protest, once the protest had occurred and the police had clubbed and tear-gassed the peaceful protesters, LBJ joined the cause in his speech a few days later. It was electrifying to hear this southern president identify with the Negro cause and to end his speech with the words, "And we SHALL overcome!" King, in Alabama, was reported to have wept on hearing this.

The movie doesn't report what Johnson said, and if this results in viewers believing he wasn't a supporter of King, that would be too bad.



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Post Re: Anyone Seen "Selma"?
I'm still waiting for the movie where J Edgar Hoover parades around in a party frock :-D



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sorry DWill, still haven't seen "Selma" but just watched "Interstellar" !!!!!!! Mister Christopher Nolan just keeps blowing me away, what a movie maker.

talk about edifying, Penelope would love it.



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should get around to watching Selma, Chomsky is slightly pissed (in his own mild mannered way) that everyone went to see american sniper and not selma :-D



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I've watched it recently. And I liked it: music is wonderful, actors are nice, the plot is good, too! I liked the trick with real-life photos in the end of the movie. Oh, yes... there was something in its... poster! Yes, it sounds childish and weird, but Selma's poster made me want to watch it)))



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