Many of the characters are people who actually lived. This is unarguably the craziest movie about the injustices of African American slaves in America ever put to screen. I had read a few comments earlier how this was a European way of looking at American slavery. Goodbye Uncle Tom is better not watched by the faint-hearted. The directors may have had good intentions when they started out, but I think they just lost it when they got onto the set and decided to see how far out they could go.
These people fail to understand the message here. But this film seems to have a different approach, and a sick sensibility. Tom said a last sad good-bye to his wife and children, and got into the cart, which Haley had brought with him. I don't know a great deal about this period of history and so I can't say how accurate this film is - but really it doesn't matter. The whites are slave hunters—the blacks, their quarry.
I can't afford to run any more risks,' replied Haley. Goodbye Uncle Tom, is an Italian film in Italian, with English subtitles. Historical reality as documentary fiction—historical fiction as documentary reality. But the African characters are portrayed largely as ignorant buffoons, too dim-witted to understand what's happening to them. Mebbe he can't help himself now, but I feel it's wrong. It's hard to really rate the film alongside others in terms of acting and the script; but suffice to say, everything shown in the film is very realistic and it wouldn't be hard for an audience to believe that the film is taking place in pre-civil war America if it weren't for the fact that film-making equipment was not invented back then, of course. Highly recommended piece of revolutionary cinema! This film's raison d'etre is to display the denigration of Black people for entertainment.
In that respect it deserves respect. Then we have the aristocrats who are completely detached from all this madness as they gallivant about in their beautiful Victorian attire looking pristine, beautiful and noble. This is what this country is built upon. It will open your mind by horrifying you. This is Gone With The Wind mixed with a supersized portion of Salo. The fact that their methods were so questionable is what made them unique.
A mansion is filled to the brim with dozens of slaves, making beds, cooking dinner and helping Missies to dress. American slavery movies always include a few heroes. Chloe was not very pleased to see her. There is no way a movie like this could ever be made today and shown to the public. Political correctness is shattered so badly one must feel for those sensitive souls that can't laugh at ridiculousness of the manipulation. As ugly as the movie is, it truly is a piece of art, which could probably never be done again.
The movie climaxes with a radical black man reading The Diary of Nat Turner and imagining doing just that, including a horrific moment in which he smashes a baby's head against the wall. As soon as Tom was seated in the cart, Haley took a heavy chain, and fastened it round his ankles. Seems ordinary, but remember, the blacks weren't criminals. The viewer is spared no amount of detail as we are shown what it was like to travel aboard a slave ship, be sold in market as common livestock, be raped, tortured hunted and killed, and basically denied even the slightest bit of human empathy or compassion at every turn. This is the second most disgusting feature-length film I've ever seen. A mansion is filled to the brim with dozens of slaves, making beds, cooking dinner and helping Missies to dress.
But the movie lost me whenever it tried to create a parallel between the climate between blacks and whites in the 1800s and the 1960s. Any film that tackles a moral issue must cause debate and conjecture if it is to succeed. They were foul, stinky and bothersome. So deal with it and judge afterward. It was, however, a logical next step following , a film rich with both the most poignant and exploitive aspects of the genre and arguably its zenith at the point. I would find it impossible for anyone to watch and not ask questions. I don't seem to get no comfort dat way.
I can't believe I actually watched this entire movie. You can't help but feel utter contempt for all of colonial, pre-civil war America. The first 100 minutes or so are just an endless series of scenes where Blacks are humiliated. Anyone thinking of checking this film out: be warned, words can not express what an awesomely brutal experience it is to sit through. Whether or not the modern uprisings are real is left ambiguous, although the overly symbolic nature of these sequences seemingly places them in the realm of fantasy. A really good film and a masterpiece of it's kind. Haley whipped up the horse, and, with a last sad look at the old place, Tom was whirled away.
The narrator occasionally provides passages from historical documents to confirm the accuracy of the on-screen occurrences, which depict the harsh realities of the slave trade. There is absolutely no human dignity on show in Goodbye Uncle Tom. A preacher even affirms this. What is more, the economics and morality of the film's actual making is enough to send one reeling in horror in and of themselves. That wonder is turned into awed disbelief as the brutal, nerve-wrecking content of the film unfolds before one's eyes.
Shelby did not seem to see Aunt Chloe's angry looks. I warn pretty much everyone else to stay far, far away. The scenes are an impressively powerful conclusion. The questions posed by the unseen journalists heighten the effectiveness of this particular scene. Years after it's initial release, the directors have expressed a regret at not opening the film with an explanation stating that this was a film about the emotions of that bygone era, not of the filmmakers themselves.