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45

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  1. By the time [James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala] get around to articulating a story, the inhibitions imposed by their "good taste" begin to seem more like gutlessness, and what initially promises to be an exposure of American liberal doublethink about slavery winds up as a querulous wimp out on a subject that the underrated "Mandingo" is better equipped to deal with.
  2. 50
    The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas.
  3. Slow, beautifully filmed, Nolte's Jefferson implausible.