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Darwin film

2009-09-14 06:04:56.446782+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

A bunch of folks are linking to this article about a film about Charles Darwin being too controversial for the religious United States to find a distributor. Perhaps, though, the real problem is stated in this review:

Watching this film about Darwin's life, I felt his pain – in having to sit through nearly two hours of Annie's ghost appearing to him and admonishing him. "Don't you dare give up on your book, daddy," it says, wagging its finger when Darwin is agonising about the reception his work will get. I desperately didn't want to give up on the film, but well before the end it had lost me.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-14 15:34:20.999266+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Nancy's been reading aloud (on road trip) Rebel Giants which puts some perspective on Darwin's life as well as Lincolns. While interesting, it's slow in comparison to many stories (of Darwin). We are only a part of the way through it, but it's impressive to me how long it seemed to take for the idea of evolution to become fully formed.

#Comment Rebel Giants made: 2009-09-14 20:54:00.476418+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger


That sounds like a great read. When you say "perspective" on Lincoln's life, what do you mean?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-14 21:17:47.343602+00 by: meuon

Just normal perspective, I knew little of Lincoln or Darwin except the very basics, over-simplified sugar coated history snippits. Although, I'd guess that the author is pro-atheist or at least, atheist friendly and paints Lincoln and Darwin as fighting the usual internal battles over upbringing, education and society as they work out who they are and what they believe for themselves.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-14 23:49:54.693896+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Whoever wrote the Publisher's Weekly review posted on Amazon.com was certainly underwhelmed with the book.