Denzel Washington was a relative unknown when he scored the role of Trip, an escaped slave who joined one of the first black units fighting for the Union in the Civil War in the 1989 film Glory. The New York Times called it a “beautifully acted, pageantlike movie” that tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th. That legendary African American volunteer infantry was led by a young white Bostonian, Robert Gould Shaw, who is played by Matthew Broderick.
On Monday, June 27, Glory screens as part of a Civil War cinema series, to augment the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s exhibition on Vineyarders during the conflict. The film will begin at 8 p.m. at Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven, courtesy of the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society.
Former University of Pennsylvania president and history professor Sheldon Hackney will introduce the Edward Zwick-directed film and follow it with a question and answer session.
Admission us $8, or $5 for members of the film society or museum.