Category Archives: Freedom in Film and Fiction

Freedom in Fiction: A Man for All Seasons

“So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!” declares Thomas More’s son-in-law in Robert Bolt’s classic play, A Man for All Seasons. “Yes,” More replies. “What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Shane (1953)

“That’s the trouble with this country. There ain’t a marshal within a hundred-mile ride.” Considered by many the greatest Western of all time, Shane opened on this day in 1953. Based on the novel by Jack Schaefer, Shane is about the end of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot is the longest running motion picture ever, watched by more than 30 million visitors to Colonial Williamsburg since 1957. One of the most technologically advanced films of its day, it was recently remastered and … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fiction: The Taxman Cometh

As April 15 approaches, here is a reprint of our “Freedom in Fiction” review of a side-splitting satire on the IRS. Enjoy! Who would have thought the IRS could be this funny? Award-winning television reporter Marvin Kalb compares Oregon author … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Gettysburg (1993)

April 9, 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House. The battle resulted in General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia and signaled the end of the Civil War. In memory of this … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Won’t Back Down (2012)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 3 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Social problem films are not generally “feel-good” movies, in the sense that viewers feel comfortable with their feet up, eating popcorn, laughing with … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Waiting for “Superman” (2010)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, here is Part 2 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. The 2010 documentary film Waiting for “Superman” ignited new interest in the desperate desire of low-income parents to get their kids out of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: To Sir, with Love (1967)

Celebrating National School Choice Week 2015, we hope you enjoy Part 1 of Cascade’s “virtual” school choice film fest. Nearing the end of his patience, a first-year teacher challenges his scarcely literate students to think seriously about the lives ahead of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)

Last year, Cascade’s Sarah Wolf wrote about the themes of human freedom in the first film of the Hunger Games series, based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins. “In a society where rules and oppression define the lives of its … Continue reading

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Freedom in Film: Atlas Shrugged 3: Who is John Galt? (2014)

The final part of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy, Who is John Galt?, opens in theaters across the country on Friday, September 12. Whether you read Ayn Rand’s monumental 1,000-plus page novel or saw the first two movies in 2011 … Continue reading

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