I just finished watching 'Amistad' for the first time when this HTF topic came to mind. Much has been said about manipulation in films. Steven Spielberg is perhaps the most notorious in using it in his films. A discussion concerning this topic would be interesting. How do you describe manipulation in films and how do you identify it? Do you feel it's a legitimate 'technique' to use in storytelling or just a cheap tactic to provoke an emotional response? Please provide film examples to go along with your arguments. As for me, I started this thead, so I'll stay out of it for now.