There’s a movie you need to see. It’ll be on Turner Classic Movies this Fourth of July at 5 PM (EDT, 2 PM PDT), and is the film adaptation of the stage musical “1776.”
Independence Hall, Philadelphia
(photo by author)
In it, you will learn WHY today is actually Independence Day. John Adams presciently thought this was the day that would be celebrated with “fireworks, pomp, and pageantry.” This was the day that independence was voted. July 4 was the day, after three days of debate, that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Either way, I celebrate both. Here’s what an Epinions review says about the musical:
Pros: Superb performances, brilliant lyrics, true-to-life history, amazing music… everything!
Cons: One weak song… otherwise, nothing
The Bottom Line: Watch it now. Then get your friends to watch it. Then find a stranger to watch it. Good.
Now, before the fold, spoiler alert, and very DEFINITE spoiler alert. DO NOT read further if you haven’t seen the movie/play, or else you’ll rob yourself of a truly wonderful, cathartic experience that will renew your faith in democracy. Otherwise, if you have seen it, else don’t give a damn, read on. You’ve been most sincerely warned. Continue reading