Saturday, January 10, 2015

Selma the Movie Had the Wrong Bob Dylan Song

It was a very cold day so it was off to the local multiplex to see Selma the movie.  It was about the civil rights movement in 1965 when blacks in the south were fighting for the right to vote.  Martin Luther King led protesters on a March for Selma to Montgomery to assert their consitutional right to vote.  As the people crossed the Edmund Peetus bridge the Odetta version of Masters of War was heard in the background.  This is a song that Dylan wrote in protest of the military industrial complex.  I think Blowing in the Wind would have been a more appropriate song for this film.

Anyway, this film covered one chapter in the life of Marting Luther King.  I am not aware of any movie or TV miniseries that covered King's entire life.


John Pilecki said...

I agree with the poor choice of of a song - "Masters of War" - for that scene. Yes, the events in Selma and elsewhere in the South during that era were played out on battlegrounds with casualties and bloodshed, but to compare these with the stark images of WW!, WW2, and a possible nuclear holocaust that Dylan envisions in "Masters" is out of appropriate context - my choice would have been "When the Ship Comes In," the scale is correct and the closing line 'the whole wide world is watching" is tailor-made for that confrontation in Selma. Otherwise, great movie.

rmd19691973 said...

The song Masters of War sent shivers down my spine when I saw the movie. It it such a powerful song-- I thought it was perfect. I have been thinking about the song since I saw the movie last night- can't get it out of head.

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