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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