Glory (Zwick, 1989) attempts to tell the story of the 54th Regiment, the first military unit solely comprised of free and/or educated African Americans and their white commander, Colonel Shaw, who fought in the American Civil War for the abolishment of slavery and the equal treatment of all Americans regardless of race (Zwick, 1989). In the production of this spectacular movie, Glory, there are elements that work together successfully; which guide the audience through the story. This paper will show how Zwick used different elements such as the film’s narrative structure, director’s style, cinematography, camera shots, and strong choice of actors, and soundtrack, to give the audience a chance to see what really goes on during the time of war, especially in the Civil War.
Glory is based on Lincoln Kirstein’s Lay This Laurel and Peter Burchard’s One Gallant Rush; the latter book was founded on the letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the real-life character played by Matthew Broderick. Kevin Jarre wrote the screenplay. The film was daring for filmmakers Zwick and Fields because not only having vivid and frightening battle scenes to portray and finely defined characters, but also showed the first all black regiment the Union ever allowed to fight during the Civil War (Chadwick, 2000). Glory, an excellent film about the first black regime, shows how a group of black men who first found bitterness between each other, rose above it and became one to form a group of black men that marches with pride not animosity.
During the American Civil War, the Massachusetts Infantry Regiment engages Confederate forces in the bloody Battle of Antietam. Zwick put a great amount of effort into the historical accuracy of this film, making it as authentic and real as possible. Therefore, the setting for the film took place in Boston, Massachusetts on an open farm and on a farm in Savannah, Georgia (Zwick, 1989). The uniforms the soldiers wore and... [continues]
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