Wednesday, March 26, 2008
HBO's John Adams
(Laura Linney as Abigail Adams and Paul Giamatti as John Adams)
HBO has a new miniseries - John Adams. It is just the most amazing series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by David McCullough by the same name. The miniseries also explores the extraordinary relationship between Abigail and John Adams - his wife of 54 years and is regarded as one of the most moving love stories in American history.
This review I found says it all -
HBO's John Adams a Masterpiece
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Although John Adams is not exactly forgotten among the Founding Fathers, compared to many of the others, he hasn't received his due. Perhaps his appearance belied his valor. Whereas Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and others cut dashing figures, Adams was round-faced and pudgy. Nor was he particularly distinguished for his oratory, wit or tact. Even today, his face can't be found on currency.
With Adams, though, there was a lot more than met the eye. Historian David McCullough, who set out to write a book on Adams and Jefferson, initially feared that Adams would scarcely hold his own against his Virginia colleague. Once the research started, though -- and particularly after reading hundreds of letters between Adams and his wife, Abigail -- McCullough shifted his focus. His book, and the meticulously faithful HBO miniseries, create an honest and stunning portrait of one of America's most tireless patriots.
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