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The Battle of Gettysburg (1955)

Approved | | Documentary, Short, History | 1955 (USA)
This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary ... See full summary »

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This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Worthy tribute to pivotal event
10 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of the bloodiest battle ever fought on US soil -- with the main characters depicted by their weather-worn statues on the Gettysburg battlefield in southern Pennsylvania.

This movie, narrated by Leslie Neilsen and written by the controversial Dore Schay, captures some lovely country I have often travelled during the summer. Its green and quietude are beauties I enjoy as I return to New York from visiting family in Pittsburgh. It is always humbling to think about the carnage that occurred here.

So I was intrigued to find this brief but vivid documentary in TMC's lineup for the month. (It goes to show how important it is to check the cable channel's monthly schedule, as this movie wasn't identified on the "guide" that is accessible through my remote.)

The timelessness of Gettysburg is powerfully depicted here through the presence of such figures as Meade, Buford, Reynolds, Doubleday, GK Warren, Father William Colby, and JEB Stuart. (It is fascinating to look up their back stories on Wikipedia. For example, review the reference to 69-year-old warrior John Burns.)

The main representation of Gen. Robert E. Lee is a steed-mounted statue in the field on which Pickett's devastating Last Stand transpired. Lee visited the now-bucolic spot to console Confederate troops who had retreated to the copse -- the turning point in both the battle and the War Between the States.

Music provided by fife, bugle, and drum provides a wonderfully evocative score.


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