Tag: Ava DuVernay

13th — Review

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An archival clip seen in Ava DuVernay’s 13th.

3Star

“A vital, increasingly pressure-packed argument is constructed with utterly precise pacing.”

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Blog: 100% Historical Accuracy (or why Selma and other historical dramas can get a pass or two)

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by Ken B.

It seems like it’s been impossible to navigate through this awards season without encountering some criticism leveled at Ava DuVernay’s Selma – specifically, controversy over the film’s depiction of Lyndon B. Johnson as reluctant to work with Martin Luther King, Jr. and his causes. “You’ve got one problem, I’ve got a hundred and one.” Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) says to King (David Oyelowo) at one point in the movie. The context of that scene is Johnson explaining that he is a full-on politician – the President of the United States, and King is seen as a lobbyist, by definition focusing largely on one issue, which at that time was transitioning into the birthing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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