We will view the epic film "Gettysburg" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the greatest battle to have been fought in North America (1). This film, made in 1993 as a TV mini-series, was edited to a theatrical length of approximately four hours. We will be viewing the Directors Cut recorded in Blu-ray format and which is four hours and forty minutes long. It will be shown at a private residence located in the Jackson Park - Lake City neighborhood.
Here is a description of Gettysburg taken from the rottentomatoes web site:
"The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara's novel, director Ronald Maxwell focuses on a handful of major players to dramatize the events of July 1863, when the armies of the Union and Confederacy clash at the small Pennsylvania town of the title. Among them are Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, who disagrees with his top advisor, General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) over battle strategy, and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor whose unorthodox techniques save the day (and possibly the war) for his beleaguered army. Filmed on-location at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg was shot as a television miniseries for Turner's TNT cable channel, but earned a limited theatrical release."
Here is a preview of this film:
Rottentomatoes.com rates this film at 88; here is the link to that web site where you can read or scan all of the reviews to see if this film is for you:
tomatometer - Gettysburg
Here are some of Roger Ebert's comments:
"The film is made of countless vignettes, almost all of them informed by military strategy and considerations. We understand, step by step, what the objectives are on each side. We listen to intelligence briefings as the two armies discover they are closer to one another than they thought. In a time before aerial reconnaissance, we watch as the opposing generals seem to depend on a sixth sense, buttressed by fragmentary scouting reports, to intuit where the enemy is, and where he is moving...I began watching with comparative indifference, and slowly got caught up in the majestic advance of the enterprise; by the end, I had a completely new idea of the reality of war in the 19th century, when battles still consisted largely of men engaging each other in hand-to-hand combat. And I understood the Civil War in a more immediate way than ever before."
We will meet in the club house of a condominium complex at 3:30 to socialize and begin noshing. Around 4 we will get comfy and view the first 2-1/2 hours of the film. The film will be shown either on a 55 inch flat panel television or will be projected onto a ten foot wide screen. At intermission we will socialize some more before seeing the last half. The meetup will be over around 9:00 pm. Everyone is expected to help clean up the clubhouse.
This is a potluck event, and all participants are required to bring both food and beverage (no alcohol) contributions. The food should be more of a finger food, and should not require extensive on site preparation (a stove, oven, and microwave oven are available). I will provide bottled water, lemonade, hot chocolate, and popcorn at no cost. A lengthier description of the potluck, as well as other details of this event such as directions and parking, will be emailed about one week before the event to the folks who have made reservations.
This event, unlike most meetups, takes place on private property, and the condo's property management company wants assurance that every guest at a private social event held in the co-owned club house is known to the host. To participate in this event you must answer the question that asks for your first and last name (actual name), city of residence, phone number, and email address. Failure to provide this information will result in your reservation being cancelled.
(1) Historical note: What is "greatest"? Gettysburg resulted in the largest number of casualties in a single campaign - 53,000 - spread over three days. The battle of Antietum resulted in the most casualties in a single day: 23,000. The battle of Chancellorsville involved more combatants but had fewer casualties (190,000 versus 172,000 at Gettysburg).