Peterloo (2018)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, History


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The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

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25 September 2018 | Raven-1969
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| Parallels to Today
It is one thing to be afraid of the dark, but letting light scare you is far worse. This is what happened in 1819 Manchester (and is still happening today). Faith in democracy was shattered when a peaceful gathering of working-class families was brutally broken up by soldiers. With unemployment, poverty and famine rampant in the wake of a costly war, unarmed men, women and children were beaten or slayed for the crime of demanding that their voices be heard. Privileged classes exaggerated dangers and created trouble that provided excuses for cracking down. The horror of a potato hitting the Royal Carriage prompted much of the severe over reaction.

The history is dark but fascinating. It is eerie but enlightening to see the parallels to current events. From the filmmaker, Mike Leigh, who brought us Mr. Turner. Leigh takes a close look at some of the characters caught in the turmoil and it makes for a compelling portrait of the time. I do not mind films being long, but this film was unnecessarily long. Leigh should have hired the editor from The Sisters Brothers. Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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