Essay on The Killer Angels by Michael Sharra

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Based of Michael Sharra’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, Gettysburg is a literary adaptation that popularized the bloodiest battle fought between the North and the South during the Civil War. Initially intended as a TV mini series, Gettysburg was produced as a full-length feature film. The film glorifies Union and Confederate soldiers in the historic bloodbath of Gettysburg. The film enables viewers to experience a first hand account of the spirit and battleground of the four-day battle. This permits for a more personalized account of the war. As viewers, we must keep in mind that the film is based off a fictitious book. What that means, is that the film should not be considered a documentary nor an actual account of…show more content…
He came to the United States to study at the American Film Institute (Fisher). He shot the Emmy®-winning documentary The Last Chance, and earned additional Emmy nominations for the telefilms Miss Rose White and Return to Lonesome Dove. His peers chose the latter for the 1994 ASC Outstanding Achievement Award for cinematography in a television movie. (Sponsored Events) Oostrum’s shots of the film are a “masterpiece of originality or modern composition” (Berardinelli). Despite being a “masterpiece”, slipups were produced by Oostrum. Continuity and factual errors should be brought to the attention of the viewers. For starters, the scene where John Buford is looking for John Reynolds’ first corps, the film switches from a motion picture to a still photograph taken by Matthew Brady. At Little Round Top, a jet trail can be seen. The first plane was not flown until 1903. After that, you can see a man in a blue shirt with a camera pointed toward the soldiers. A statue of General Warren can also be seen near the round tops. Moving cars and tire marks can be found on the battleground. During Pickett’s charge, you can see lights from what appears to be a school field in the background. Even some footage in the film is used twice. Despite the number of errors Oostrum provides viewers, he is still able to capture the beauty of the surrounding Pennsylvania countryside. Oostrums “work is loud,

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