I’m going to be scarce on blogging and social media over the holiday weekend, so here are three videos to get you started on the celebration. Go out and enjoy freedom and stuff.
The opening of the movie 1776, the best movie musical ever made about the American Revolution, starring William Daniels as John Adams.
“I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two are called a law firm; and that three or more become a Congress. And by God I have had this Congress!” I was an adult before I figured out what Adams is saying in that last sentence.
Paul Giamatti as John Adams meets King George III, which is awkward after that whole “Revolutionary War” thing. Wonderful performance by Giamatti, so incredibly awkward, the opposite of comfortable in his own skin.
Jimmy Cagney performs “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” then Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland do it.
We may have to watch Yankee Doodle Dandy this weekend.