Detroit and Churchill

In the evenings I often watch movies and most of them are disappointing, especially sequels such as “Blade Runner 2049” and “Jumanji,” both of which I stopped watching.  But, a few movies are worth watching, such as “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and the amazing “Loving Vincent.

I recently watched two movies that have partly a common theme, namely racism in the USA.  “Suburbicon,” is a recent movie that shows the hypocrisy of the bland facade that was projected in the 1950’s of the supposed “American dream.”  The worst features of racism came violently to the fore and played themselves out until they exploded in the 1960’s.  The movie that had most impact on me was “Detroit” a detailed supposedly accurate retelling (in 2017) of the massacre at the Algier’s Hotel that occurred in Detroit during the race riots of 1967.

This strips away the facade off the supposed democratic process that is based on the concept that “all men are created equal.”  Even in the vaunted USA, individual policemen and even whole departments, were institutionally racist.  Policemen, who are supposed to be the protectors of the public, who pay their salary, become the judges of life and death of people of whatever color, sex or religion they dislike.  Even in the courts justice was not done, and even today the beating, shooting and killing of innocent blacks by police is common in America.  What a terrible reality.  Nevertheless, I oppose such violent movements as “Black Lives Matter.”  What really matters is to have more Black attorneys like Thurgood Marshall, as exemplified in the excellent movie  “Marshall.”

Two other movies that I watched, “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” each in its own way shows how in May, 1940, the future of mankind dangled from a thin thread.  It is the merest coincidences of history that saved us.  Yet, in “Churchill” Winston is shown as opposing the D-Day invasion of France because he feared another “Gallipoli,” that he was considered responsible for, another massacre of troops on a beachhead.  Yet in “Darkest Hour” he was the mainstay of those who argued for resistance to the Nazi invasion.  How he fought Beaverbrook and Chamberlain who wanted to come to terms with Hitler is a stirring story.  Gary Oldman is excellent in the role of Churchill in this movie.  I thoroughly recommend “Darkest Hour.”