Seems some things never change. Here is a film dealing with sugar and
Rum. Think ethanol and food today.
"Burn" from 1970.
A Caribbean island in the mid-1800's. Nature has made it a paradise; man
has made it a hell. Slaves on vast Portuguese sugar plantations are
ready to turn their misery into rebellion - and the British are ready to
provide the spark. They send agent William Walker (Marlon Brando) on a
devious three-part mission: trick the slaves into revolt, grab the sugar
trade for England...then return the slaves to servitude. Gillo
Pontecorvo, the acclaimed director of The Battle of Algiers, explores
colonialism and insurrection in the searing epic Burn!. Both visually
and narratively stunning, Burn! glows with the fires of Pontecorvo's
unique filmmaking genius. Genius is also evident in Brando's complex,
intelligent portrayal of a man who is both gentleman and scoundrel,
revolutionary and colonialist. And Ennio Morricone's (The Untouchables,
The Mission) haunting music memorably underscores the almost
overwhelmingly powerful story.
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