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American Presidents On Screen | Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

Star: Nick Nolte
Film: Jefferson In Paris (1995)

Romance not politics is the focus of Merchant Ivory’s intelligent but inert Thomas Jefferson origin story. Sent to Paris as ambassador, Nick Nolte’s wig-wearing diplomat conducts furtive flings with Maria Cosway (Greta Scacchi) and his slave Sally Hemmings (Thandie Newton), the latter more significant for influencing the future President’s hostile stance to slavery. Nolte may not be the first name that springs to mind to play a discreet, genteel type – drunkenly growling Moby Dick or soberly growling at Eddie Murphy is more his heartland – but he shows his versatility here on less abrasive terrain.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Jefferson is held in high esteem. Also, Hollywood could make a film set in Paris without blowing up the Eiffel Tower.

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