So last night I saw the film "Gandhi", the 1982 Oscar-winning epic starring Ben Kingsley. This film had Academy Award Formula down! After all it was (a) over 3 hours long; (b) featured British accents; (c) was a biopic; (d) about a revered historical figure; and (e) not a single dick or fart joke in the entire picture. That equals Academy gold, people!
Needless to say, it was a pretty quality film, covering Gandhi as a young man in South Africa, skipping over the part where he was rooting for Hitler (sadly true) and ending with his murder at the hands of a Hindu extremist. The film well covered Gandhi's celebrated "nonviolence" plan, which somehow was enough to curry world opinion to force the British to their knees. He also argued that it would have worked on the Nazis, though it would have taken a lot longer. You know what? I'm glad we didn't have to find out! Taking beatings from billyclubs and bamboo canes may be pretty effective, but I think nothing really beats a whole mess of tanks and bombers for good Nazi-stopping power.
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