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  • Published: [United States] : New York, NY : Docurama ; Distributed by New Video, [2004], c2003.
  • Year Published: 2003
  • Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. w/b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: Not Rated

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  • 0767063686 :
  • 767685960233

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The weather underground

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Originally released as a television documentary in 2003.

Special features: filmmaker commentary from Sam Green; commentary from original Weathermen Bernadine Dohrn & Bill Ayers; original Weathermen audio communiques; exclusive bonus film about former Weatherman David Gilbert; excerpts from Emile de Antonio's "Underground", featuring members of "The Weather Underground".

Interviews with: Bernadine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Bill Ayers, Naomi Jaffe, Todd Gitlin, Laura Whitehorn, Don Strickland, Kathleen Cleaver.

Voice overs by: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White.

In the early '70s, the radically enraged, bomb-planting fringe group call Weathermen had the distinction of being as alienated from the anti-war counterculture as the counterculture movement was from the rest of America. The group planned to blow up an empty building, but on March 6, 1970, an explosive accidentally went off in the New York Greenwich Village area, killing three of its own members and turning the rest of its members into outlaws on the run.

DVD, Region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby Digital.

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A Powerful Political Documentary

Sam Green (who grew up in Michigan and went to UM) has become one of the top American documentary filmmakers of his generation. "The Weather Underground" fully put Sam on the filmmaking map as it was nominated for an Academy Award. This film is skillfully crafted, creating tension and suspense through a primarily archival and talking-head approach. Green's use of non-traditional music/sound design is effective and his interviews with former members of the 'underground' reveal a depth that adds weight to the film and its implications.

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