The Four Freedoms, FDR and Steven Spielberg

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  1. Max Rockatansky

    Max Rockatansky Well-Known Member Donor

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    After watching a documentary on director Steven Spielberg a few weeks back, I put his "Empire of the Sun" DVD on my Netflix que. It was about 10 deep, but none of the current movies were available and I got this today. The last time I saw it, it was a VHS rental from Blockbuster so it was fun to watch it again. One of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings played a significant role in the movie: "Freedom from Fear". Early in the movie, before the actual painting was shown in a copy of Life magazine, the painting was played out in the movie with 12 year old Christian Bale's character being put to bed by his parents.


    On January 6, 1941, during his SOTU address, FDR gives a speech to Congress about the "Four Freedoms", basic freedoms people "everywhere in the world" should have. Of course, by this time France was learning to speak German, Japan had occupied and raped China for years and Britain had barely won the Battle of Britain.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-...-four-freedoms

    By 1942, we were dragged into the war by Pearl Harbor and Norman Rockwell, already doing paintings for posters to support the war effort, wanted to do more so he painted "The Four Freedoms", now iconic of the Era and pure Americana.
    https://www.nrm.org/2012/10/collections-four-freedoms/


    While all of that was over 70 years ago, it's sad to see that far too many Americans only give lip-service to ideas like "The Four Freedoms", "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" and our Constitution.

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    FDR didn't do quite so well when it comes to ......

    http://www.whatcomwatch.org/php/WW_open.php?id=717
    ... but perhaps the pressure on him was far greater than I can imagine from my seat in front of a computer screen?
     
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