Which film version of Mutiny on the Bounty does Trump prefer (extra points if a reporter asks this during the COVID presser). The Mel Gibson version? Or is he only doing this to divert attention from the fictional Caine Mutiny.
If we assume that the president can read (which, honestly, is a big "if"), bringing up "Mutiny on the Bounty" like this is a confession that he is a cruel and sadistic tyrant who tortures his own people until they mutiny against him. https://t.co/2v3QMQfHBH— (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ bear ♥ (@beargolightly) April 14, 2020
Pick Your Captain:— is it over yet? (@arialjester) April 14, 2020
Mutiny on the Bounty: Captain Bligh
Caine Mutiny: Captain Queeg
Peter Pan: Captain Hook
Avenger: Captain America
Cereal: Cap'n Crunch
Musical Group: Captain & Tennille
Cartoon: Captain Caveman
Cannonball Run: Captain Chaos#mutinyonthebounty #cainemutiny
President Donald Trump accidentally compared himself to a captain known for tyrannical behavior on Tuesday. He was attempting to criticize Democratic governors.— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) April 14, 2020
https://t.co/ZBLCHWkeDq via @politicususa
The President may be referring to the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. Trump would have been around 16 when it was released. It features the cruel and dishonest Captain Bligh whose actions lead the crew to overthrow him.
“If he thinks he’s going to force this state — or any state, for that matter — to do something that is reckless or irresponsible that could endanger human life, literally,” Cuomo said on Monday.
On Tuesday morning, Cuomo went a step further, comparing Trump to a tyrannical king. Ironically, Trump has now compared himself to another vicious leader.
“He basically declared himself King Trump, right?” Cuomo said.
“And all that annoying
A) This is not a movie. B) People are dying. C) If you're a leader, step up and lead. https://t.co/2dBAaJ6FFT— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) April 14, 2020
Actually, in the book, Maryk isn’t tried on a charge of mutiny.
The Judge Advocate feels that it would be too difficult to prove a charge, for the simple reason that Maryk invoked an article in Navy Regulations. (Namely Article 184, which allowed for an unauthorized relief of a captain under certain circumstances). As well, after the relief, Maryk continued to treat Queeg with respect as he was still a ranking officer. That made a mutiny charge hard to stand up. Thus, he was charged with conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline (it’s described as a catch-all charge, for cases that fall between cracks of other charges). The stipulation is that he misapplied Article 184 in relieving Queeg as the circumstances did not merit the relief. Thus, Greenwald’s line of attack is to prove that Queeg was sufficiently incompetent (if not mentally ill) that Article 184 was legally justified.
The two cases cannot be compared -even allowing that one is fictional. In The Caine Mutiny, an incompetent captain was relieved by his second-in-command, through an obscure passage in the regulation, for the purpose of ensuring the ship’s safety. In Mutiny on the Bounty, a harsh -albeit skilled and highly competent- captain is victim of a crew uprising led by the Master’s Mate (Fletcher Christian). The ultimate goal was for the crew to escape to an idyllic life in Tahiti.
In addition to many books and articles about the mutiny, in the 20th century five feature films were produced. The first was a 1916 silent Australian film, subsequently lost. The second, also from Australia, titled In the Wake of the Bounty (1933), was the screen debut of Errol Flynn in the role of Christian. The impact of this film was overshadowed by that of the MGM version, Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), based on the popular namesake novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable as Bligh and Christian, respectively. The film’s story was presented, says Dening, as “the classic conflict between tyranny and a just cause”; Laughton’s portrayal became in the public mind the definitive Bligh, “a byword for sadistic tyranny”.
The two subsequent major films, Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) with Trevor Howard and Marlon Brando, and The Bounty (1984) with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson, largely perpetuated this image of Bligh and that of Christian as tragic hero. The latter film added a level of homoeroticism to the Bligh–Christian relationship.
In 1998, in advance of a BBC documentary film aimed at Bligh’s rehabilitation, the respective descendants of the captain and Christian feuded over their contrary versions of the truth. Dea Birkett, the programme’s presenter, suggested that “Christian versus Bligh has come to represent rebellion versus authoritarianism, a life constrained versus a life of freedom, sexual repression versus sexual licence.”
DT says his fav movie was "Mutiny of the Bounty", referring to himself as the "captain" William Bligh. Not sure if knows the full story https://t.co/720QeA5Jgq— shruti singh kakan (@shruti_singh22) April 14, 2020