I get that there’s a creative boom for TV right now and that David Simon has been working at HBO for 20 years, but sometimes a 2-hour film really is the best format for a story. The visual style was really striking and Morgan Spector makes for a wonderful leading man. And that was right after Obama’s second inaugural—I didn’t see the country as going in that direction, I didn’t see us being this vulnerable to demagoguery or xenophobia, or all the elements that were there in Roth’s novel. The children dont even know who he was (or that they had other half-siblings) until a decade after he died in 1974. I think what Roth was looking at historically was Jan. 30 of 1933, when Hitler was made chancellor. But one thing you have to remember is that 1940 America is hyper-segregated. He gives you the opportunity to contemplate how random things could be with early aviation. Such an interesting figure in US history between his flight, his sons kidnapping and murder, and then his life in WWII. And I put in a good word for you, I hope HBO makes it.” And he said, quite rightly, “This is the first time we’ve ever talked.
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They’re malevolent to Herman in Washington. When do you reach a point at which your instruments of political reform are no longer viable? He said it every year to us. So I had it in my head. They’ve now joined with the neoliberals in an effort to take us into a fascist state, or as they call it, a biblically centered state. And I don’t think I ever understood the complexity of what he was trying to say, until I lived through these last three years. Even today, it’s what they do: They’re defenders of the wealthy. You don’t see the third-person stuff unless a character is there or it’s in the newsreels. Stop. Charles was very "busy" in the decade from 1957-67. Not the strongest start (even got half bored with the kid stuff) but I like the premise and I trust the creative team so I’m confident it will get better quick. Discussion Questions 1. So, there was nothing sinister about this, after all? This says to me, at least this stage of life, religion was not important to him. So he arrives on the scene, not as somebody who is a real estate magnate and failed casino operator and reality show host. When you say “what you could do, what you couldn’t do,” what do you mean?
At the end, if fascist forces are good enough to fix the 1942 election for Ford-Taft, why didn't they just maintain power when Lindbergh's plane was downed in 1941? My approach has been to keep in mind that this is fictional and try to keep my fact-based thinking aside to try and enjoy the program. Its a program to tell his antisemite friends that he amits the jews are different and need to be "educated"..and he is a "good jew" that recognizes this. It just seemed to add a layer, if we could do it. We as the viewers know this or maybe not so when we see Lindenberg using the Rabbi for this, we're wondering what's going to happen. Will keep with it because the premise is still very interesting and applicable to today, just hope it picks up a bit. I don't know if the series will show this, but Roth's book ultimately reveals that the Nazis blackmailed Lindbergh into running for president in 1940 (so, I guess as soon as he was over 35, the legal age minimum for the presidency) by orchestrating the 1932 kidnapping and holding CAL Jr. hostage, so they could remotely implement their racial policies in the US, through Lindbergh. U-S-A!" And they’re part of the extended family, and they get you to everywhere you need to go. And then it was a struggle to figure out what we could do, what we couldn’t do. Finally, he closed the book, and he looked at me, and he said, “Well, it’s your problem now.” And I left his apartment that day thinking we had permission to try. We both agreed that it was a great vehicle, as was the radio. It's a little on-the-nose in places: A race-baiting, isolationist celebrity comes out of no where to win the presidency with demagoguery and the help of a hostile foreign power, one of the characters pointing out "there's a lot of hate out there and he knows how to tap into it"--gee, I wonder why this is being produced now?
Simon: Having read the book, I always felt that the disappearance of the plane without explanation was a little bit too much of a deus ex machina for a miniseries. They’re malevolent at the Winchell campaign appearance—they allowed that violence to occur, à la Charlottesville.
Lewis in particular made that argument. The Plot Against America’s Showrunners on Why They Changed the Ending David Simon and Ed Burns on reimagining Philip Roth’s novel for the Trump era and its lessons for Americans in 2020. Some lines felt a tad too on the nose for how they want it to connect to modern times, but that’s my only small complaint. ", American axis by max wallace and behold america by sarah churchwell are two good books that are non fiction on lindberghs america first beliefs and his involvment in ww2. Completely agree the ending was super confusing and odd.
Every day is a quotidian struggle. CAL retired that plane in 1928, I think it was, and I am not aware of him ever using it again. Go ahead and send one via the DM/PM by clicking "Messages" above near Hauptmann's mugshot. That being said, doing things like withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accords and Syria at least looks like isolationism to many, and the constant "U-S-A!
Slate: I want to first ask you how this series began. FDR even thought he was a Nazi. Rather than seeing it as an inevitable response to fascism, to what was happening in Europe, they saw it as primarily an economic front that would debase working people in every country. So the stuff with Alvin knowing electronics and being tapped for intelligence work and all of that, that comes in because you are working toward that ending? I love writing stuff like that. The second half of part three of The Plot Against America re-creates one of the most memorable, pointed sections from the novel: the family trip … I don't know if they'll show the whole thing rooted in the kidnapping. Simon: I can tell you that we actually had a couple more scenes—Ed wrote a very good scene where Herman was checking in with one of his clients on a life insurance policy in a black neighborhood. The two characters that we granted POV outside the nuclear family, one represents appeasement and one represents resistance: Evelyn and Alvin. The Weimar Republic Constitution was the most advanced constitution of its time, and it disappeared in nine months. I’m glad to see some actual discussion here rather than just Nazi jokes and triggered Trump fans as on YouTube. As far as adapting it, the biggest change is that the novel is written as a memoir, from the perspective of a kid. What effects does Roth achieve by blending personal history, historical fact, and an alternative history? And I would hope people would see that in some respects—what Roth did with Jewish Americans applies going forward. The problem is that the book is basically this way too. Burns: What’s at stake?
You have to stop working, you have to stop killing snakes. The story is told by a fictionalized version of the author as he writes about the events of the narrative in the past tense. Its like he wouldnt even bypass a lousy appetizer for the sake of relgion.
I really sort of backed into it. The verdict on isolationism, and on Lindbergh and America First, is already in.
You’ve run out of free articles. It's really hard to do this without connecting it to today. It’s a bit stretched at this length. Creators David Simon and Ed Burns and the cast discuss why it was the right time to adapt Philip Roth’s book, The Plot Against America. Ed, you were a police officer for a long time, and this is a show in which the police are almost entirely sinister. David, back in the spring of 2017, you said you were rereading this book because you were in talks to adapt it. But, the plot is so diffuse and unmanaged, it's unclear what even has happened. The first is that Roth treats Lindbergh’s disappearance as pretty much a total mystery. Photos by HBO, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, and Getty Images Plus. And [Alvin was] the only person within the POV of this family that could give us any insight into the issue of resistance. It’s the hardest form of government there is, is to attempt self-governance, and it’s utterly imperfect. It’d be very simple.
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