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Ride With the Devil

The movie is masterfully staged and photographed, the largest production ever shot in Missouri. Production design by Mark Friedberg and art direction by Steve Arnold have combined to re-create the towns, shanties, and battlefields of the era. Cinematographer Frederick Elmes focuses on these settings -- and the lush wilderness around them -- to create a seamless illusion of reality.

Ride With the Devil may not be the most popular period drama out this season (Lee wanted to make a movie "with characters who have dirty fingernails" and has done so), and in some circles it may even be reviled. Nonetheless, this highly insightful film is strongly recommended for a nation that can use all the insight it can get.

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