Now the Africans must cope with the U. Leading up to the trial of the Africans, Spielberg illustrates the horrors the slaves endured as they were captured and taken from their homes. During the long trip, Cinque Djimon Hounsou leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. Herman Melville must have gotten his inspiration from somewhere. Point out what the decisive argument might have been.
A group of 53 Africans held captive on the slave ship La Amistad break free of their shackles, arm themselves and forcibly take control of the ship. The Amistad The amistad was a spanish built slavery ship 'schooner'. One of the Africans has died and the translator provides the Americans with information about the Mende habits. Local abolitionists take up their case and hire a young and inexperienced real estate lawyer to represent them. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. The other actors were just as brilliant and moving—I just have a spot for Sir Anthony. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release.
Amistad Film analysis designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi The world at 1839 The movie was set in 1839-1841. Thomas Gedney and Richard Meade, the Washington's officers, assisted Montez and Ruiz and re-captured the ship. His movies, exciting or not, are extremely loosely based on truth and real historical events. Consequently, seeking to make the case more personal, on the advice of former American president and lawyer , Baldwin and Joadson find , a former slave who speaks both Mende and English. It describes the Africans capture, their enslavement, their purchase, the overthrow of their captors and the subsequent trials in America, where they won their freedom and eventual return to Africa.
They think that they are sailing back to Africa, but they are tricked. During the night, they pass another vessel, carrying a group of wealthy English-speaking passengers having a dinner party on deck. Production then went to Puerto Rico for the scenes set in Africa, including those with the slave fortress. The African slaves were placed in the custody of the U. Meanwhile, Henry Green and Pelatiah Fordham -- who had nothing to do with the Washington, separately captured the Africans who had come ashore for water.
There was no swearing, sex, rape, innuendoes, or the like. Slavery was forbidden in the Thirteenth Amendment of 1865. The power of this moment so enraptured my soul that I was held spellbound as he continued to share with Cinque the joys that would be theirs even if they were to die. I feel as though abolition would be the most appropriate paradigm for this review, as many of the views expressed… 923 Words 4 Pages The Amistad case was a very important case in American history. However, I must say that stole the scenes.
A lawyer named , hired by the abolitionist and his black associate Theodore Joadson, decides to defend the Africans. For the first time in history, Africans seized by slave dealers had won their freedom in American courts. This rank has never been used by the Royal Navy. The film follows the events which occurred after the revolt by enslaved Africans onboard the slave ship Amistad. Especially that of early American slavery and slave trading.
In a larger sense, however, he contrasts a story of passage to America with its simple values and way of life to the arrival of an even more savage life and ideas of the civilization from Africa, a story of greater historical significance. This is not senseless violence, but it is extremely graphic in portrayal. We see his wife, and his village, and something of his life; we understand how cruelly he was ripped from his life and ambitions. Is Steven Spielberg the king of Cinema or what?! They eventually happen upon a black sailor in the Royal Navy, James Covey Chiwetel Ejiofor. Download file to see next pages Read More. Aware that they cannot fight the case on moral grounds, the two abolitionists enlist the help of a young attorney specializing in property law; Roger Sherman Baldwin Matthew McConaughey.
In 1837 the first national anti-slavery society convention was held in New York. A scene where Cinque sees African violets in John Quincy Adams' greenhouse and is seized with homesickness. The same thing happens between Elliott and his alien friend in E. The way in which these two are represented mark the film as unique. Chapter 9 8:00 Joadson visits Adams again, this time in his greenhouse, and asks him what he would do. He advises Baldwin that the court needs to know not just from what part of Africa Cinque and the other Africans come but who they are and what their story is. In 2014, the movie was one of several discussed by Noah Berlatsky in in an article concerning , calling it 'sanctimonious drivel.
President Martin Van Buren to extradite the Africans, and the Navy officers who picked up the Africans claim them as salvage. Meade, claim them as salvage while the two Spanish navigators, Pedro Montez and Jose Ruiz, produce proof of purchase. This trial marked the beginning of a court case that dramatically challenged our judicial system. The Amistad incident exposed the need to bring the Constitution and American laws in compliance with the moral principles underlying the Declaration of Independence. They were later intercepted by an American brig off the coast of Long Island, and thrown in jail. After pressure from Senator of on President Van Buren, the case is appealed to the.