- Nov 16, 2011
I always thought a slave movie was a movie based on the economic, political, and social conditions, the atmosphere if you will, during the chattle slave era. Not necessarily depicting "chattle slaves". A good example would be "Glory".
I see. Apparently, the film is based off of this image and the woman behind the image, Dido Elizabeth Belle:
Given the image is dated at 1779 in England, I can see how the time period is one of slavery, thus, I suppose, making this a slave movie.
However 'slavery-era' may be more fitting (although that description can apply to today and far, far in the past.) For one can look at 12th century Timbuctoo and depict many treasures among Africans yet call that a 'slave movie' as Islamic enslavement spanned for centuries after Muhammad.
Looking into how this movie depicts an inaccurate dramatization of Belle's life, while I likely won't watch it, I can't say it's so horrible to make a film about a historical figure. I would prefer a more intelligent interpretation of her situation, but supposing the writers attended "Public School" I know my preferences are ill-placed, as England, like America, are effective in stunting critical analysis and only a few really escape the foolishness.