‘mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ Is An Unsentimental But Flawed Portrait Of Nelson Mandela


Better for the cause. Better for me. The separation might be the act of a statesman. And its certainly an expression of disgust at Winnies tactics. But theres something breathtakingly callous in Mandelas demand for political loyalty at the moment that he leaves the wife who suffered enormously for the decades of loyalty shes given him already. Mandela is correct that the marriage was doomed and that Winnie is an enormous political and moral liability. But we still feel the way his words might leave Winnie breathless with pain. And we feel that blow again in Mandels public announcement of their separation, a combination of magnanimity and condescension: I will personally never regret the life we tried to share together.
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‘Mandela’ Biopic a Manual on How to Lead

Once she began to see Mandela as soft after his liberation, their separation was a matter of time. >Email Enrique Lopetegui Recently in Screens & Tech Mandela Biopic a Manual on How to Lead Watching the press screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (based on the 1995 autobiography by the South African leader) the morning after his December 5… | 12/23/2013 Scorsese Outdoes Himself with The Wolf of Wall Street Only Martin Scorsese couldve followed the magical Hugo with The Wolf of Wall Street… | 12/23/2013 David O. Russell takes it up a notch on American Hustle On his way to the upper echelon of modern directing, the dexterous David O. Russell has shown mastery of multiple genres; the delightfully bold… | 12/18/2013 We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines: To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.
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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

It helps that Idris Elba delivers a powerhouse performance in the title role, one that gets beneath the saintly veneer of the great leader to find a complicated and wonderfully charismatic man who inspired revolution while also having his share of difficulty in relating to the women in his life. As a lawyer in South Africa early on in the film, Mandela wins cases because the white people that he questions on the stand refuse to even endure the ordeal of being spoken to in such a manner by a black man. Recruited because of his way with words by the African National Congress, he is soon at the forefront of the movement to end apartheid. After bringing about the demise of his first marriage with his adulterous ways, Nelson falls in love with a beautiful social worker named Winnie (Naomie Harris) who supports him in his efforts and will later endure persecution because of it.
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