The Weather Underground
- The Disc:4.0
Madman. Rental only. The Film > This documentary about former terrorists/guerrillas shows above all the...
Madman. Rental only.
The Film > This documentary about former terrorists/guerrillas shows above all the error and misplaced narcissism of trying to steer history according to a rigid plan. The film mostly takes a sort of flat History Channel approach: talking heads, some jerky news footage, a voice over and stills. Still, there's enough fascination in the topic and the people. The doco follows the sixties revolutionary movement the "Weather Men" (their name was inspired by a Bob Dylan lyric) from their beginnings as idealistic, middle class Anti-Vietnam War protesters, through to them becoming armed guerrillas on the run and, finally, to middle aged people who gave themselves up ten or fifteen years after it was all irrelevant. Most of the Weather Men (and women) are still alive and it's their contemporary testimony and reflection which resonates and occasionally disturbs here. Revealed in their peacetime individuality, most face the camera with an air of strangely apologetic defiance.
The Features > Original Weathermen audio communiqués; bonus film on former Weatherman David Gilbert; excerpt from the Emile De Antonio film Underground; filmmaker statement.