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“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Was First Published Today… Consider A Mash-Up + Watch This 1956 “Siamese” Reworking

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" Was First Published Today... Consider A Mash-Up + Watch This 1956 "Siamese" Reworking

Today in historyMarch 20th, 1852Harriet Beecher Stowe’s problematic and heavily criticized, yet best-selling influential anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was first published.

Since then, we’ve seen a number of film adaptations made, and its influence can even be found in D. W. Griffith’s Birth of A Nation, amongst others. 

Thinking about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Inglorious BasterdsI’d like to see some famous black literary characters given similar revisionist film narratives, or fantastical mash-ups like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, to name one.

Maybe taking something like Roots, or, in this case, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and injecting a vampire/zombie/ghost/alien/whatever plot; or maybe taking a satirical hammer to D.W. Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation; or turning Bigger Thomas in Native Son into a superhero, with hidden supernatural powers… something like that.

Anyway, back to Stowe’s work… I doubt many have seen this appropriation of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin story – a scene from the 1956 Academy Award-winning film, The King and I, starring Yul Bryner and Deborah Kerr. Don’t ask me why, but, as a kid, this one was of the few films my parents had lying around the house on VHS.

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