Hollywood's Amelia Earhart: Lost at Sea

Mira Nair's portrait of Amelia Earhart captures the details but misses the life

Hilary Swank in Amelia

In Mira Nair's pretty but disappointing biopic Amelia, there's a scene in which Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) laments the shallow nature of the two questions repeatedly posed by her adoring public. It's not long after the 1928 transatlantic flight that made her a household name, and she says all anyone wants to know is "Where are you going next?" and "What did you wear?"

It's a gentle lament, because the Earhart brought to the screen by Nair and Swank is a gracious lady, magnanimous and humble. She quotes Carl Sandburg, takes care to enthusiastically greet the little people while making history...

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