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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Movie Impacts Idris Elba’s Life


There were many biopics that were made on the icon Nelson Mandela during his lifetime. Prominent filmmakers were able to bring to the screen the life of the activist. The film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie can be called a conservative film where the lead character was played by Idris Elba. The film is the autobiography that was well adapted by William Nicholson. British actor Idris Elba embodied the character of Mandela. The film starts with the early life of Mandela where Elba plays a young lawyer where he defends a maid. Mandela in the film gets involved in ANC struggle where he goes into hiding after disposing his identity papers. The young Mandela played by Idris Elba electrifying.

During the progress of the movie the director Chadwick shows him being disloyal to his wife and being an irresponsible father. During the 1960 massacre, he was seen as turning revolutionary by destroying factory buildings. In the film, you can also see the actor ready to die for the sake of independent South Africa. After this Mandela is sentenced to life, and it is here, Mandela turns into a bloodless fighter for democratic South Africa. The performance of Elba is impeccable. His early films like The Wire in which he played Stringer Bell or Pacific Rim as a stentorian commanding officer are definitely worth a watch.

Elba as Mandela gets the tone of the speeches right. The stage when Mandela is released from prison, the activist turns a statesman. It is here where the civil war is stopped through peace talks. The story of Mandela was always close to the heart of the locals in South Africa and Idris Elba had a big responsibility on his shoulders that he played to perfection. The actor at every stage tried to do justice to the role by ensuring that the image of the leader is not compromised despite the script demands it at a certain point of time. The achievements of Mandela have been clearly depicted in the film. The audience can get a better understanding of the life of Mandela and his ideology from this film.

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A Look At Mandela’s Movies Released Before Three Decades


Nelson Mandela the man with a mysterious smile and a gentle yet commanding voice is a man of inspiration for millions. He is an encouragement for both adversaries and allies. There is a long list of actors that have played Mandela in reel life, and the list includes Morgan Freeman, Terrence Howard, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, David Harewood and more. Lindane Nkosi is one actor of South African origin who made an impact in the film called Drum that talks about the 1950s anti-apartheid movement. This film was showcased at the London and Cannes film festival. The Mandela on the silver screen was portrayed as a liberal icon during the period 1980s and 1990s.

Another two epics that left an impact on the audience for years to come is Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in the year 1983 played to perfection by Ben Kingsley and Fred Zinnemann’s A Man for All Seasons in the year 1966 played by Scofield.. The artists who have played Nelson Mandela have been hugely influenced by Kingsley and Scofield. In the 80s, Mandela movies and documentaries was a rage. Danny Glover in the 1987 Mandela movie played the early life character of Mandela as a political activist yet it did not get the desired results from the audience as he was unable to capture the intricacies of Mandela.

Mandela 1987 is about the first South African black president. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the bloodless revolution. The film is directed by Philip Saville and stars Danny Glover and Tam Mpofu. Music for the film is by Richard Hartley. There is no doubt that Mandela is an indisputable leader and still continues to live through his ideologies. He has inspired millions of people through his bloodless revolution. The cinema medium at every point of time is trying to keep his legacy alive either through films or documentaries.

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