Intermission: ‘Selma’-bound

December 22, 2014 4:32 PM

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Intermission: ‘Selma’-bound

I’m ending my work year tonight by going to a screening of Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” a movie I’ve been looking forward to for months. In particular, I’m excited for it because rather than being a comprehensive and predictable Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, it’s a look at an important moment in his career and in the development of the U.S. civil rights movement. In the same way that “The King’s Speech” produced greater insights in part by going deep on a single incident, I’m curious to see King presented in his context, rather than as a singular figure, removed from organizations and other people by the force of his greatness. Inspired by that, I’m curious to know: Which moment in which famous person’s life do you think would make a great movie?

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