costume drama, one movie about dubious government actions, and one costume drama about dubious government actions.For this weekend's Indie Round, we have one
"The Conspirator," the latest movie by Robert Redford,is a legal drama about an overlooked footnote of American history: the case of Mary Surratt, the first woman ever executed by the federal government. In the uneasy weeks following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln's death immediately following the end of the Civil War, eight conspirators, including Surratt, were rounded up. As the film shows, Surratt, played by Robin Wright, was given a trial that didn't adhere much to the constitutional stricture of "innocent before proven guilty." The echoes between that trial and some that have occurred recently are hard to miss. The film, which comes out on the 146th anniversary of Lincoln's death, also features James MacAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Kline. Check out my interview with Redford about the movie.