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Movies about Humanism and ...

A. Colin F.
Sarasota, FL
Post #: 371
“The Help” is a charming, touching tale of 60s southern racism from a woman’s perspective. While it has a simple and predicable story line, it does NOT have the powerful incidents, drama and dialogue of Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters.” This is because the lead, Emma Stone, is best known for tepid performances in “The Amazing Spiderman” remake and the endearing morality tale, “Easy.” The book is loosely based on the author’s own experiences, but set two decades earlier. A lawsuit was filed in a Mississippi court by Ablene Cooper, a maid who used to work for Stockett's brother. It claimed that Stockett used her likeness in the book.[11] A Hinds County, Mississippi judge threw the case out of court, citing the statute of limitations.[12]

This movie provides a glimpse of the remnants of the southern plantation culture as post-war America adjusts to a changing, newly-armed, trained and experienced black culture after their experiences in WWII. It is hard to think of better movies to glimpse inside a disintegrating attitude, vestiges of which still linger in the Deep South and interior Florida. Both provide a far better lesson in compassion, empathy and humanism than almost any other film.
Jean M.
Clearwater, FL
Post #: 12
I think the movie "The Help" provided a very watered down, cleaned up, "rated G' disneyland-ish depiction of racism.
To learn about what racism was truly like, and IS truly like (it is SOooooooo NOT "over" btw)
there are far more accurate, insightful, realistic books all over the bookshelves....and the news channels.
A. Colin F.
Sarasota, FL
Post #: 399
Best Movies for Secular Humanism
Enduring Classics Everyone should See

1. The Wave
2. Crash (2006)
3. Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
4. Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989)
5. Ben Kingsley’s Gandhi (1982)
6. Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who is Coming to Dinner
7. Hotel Rwanda
8. Jimmy Stewarts’ It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
9. Life is Beautiful
10. Richard Dreyfus’ Mr. Holland’s Opus
11. Kevin Spacy in Pay It Forward
12. Steven Speilberg’s Schindler's List (1993)
13. Gregorey Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
14. V for Vendatta
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