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SACCO AND VANZETTI
"Peter Miller's labor-of-love docu on arguably the most notorious miscarriage of justice of the 20th century does a superb job of condensing an overwhelming mass of documentation, archival imagery and artistic representation into a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier." -Variety
"Miller realizes that the political passions fueled by Sacco and Vanzetti in the 1920s are supremely pertinent to our own era's democratic crises...The film reminds a new generation that these inequities became catalysts for an international mass movement in the early part of the twentieth century." -Cineaste
"Excellent.this compelling and powerful production can serve as a graceful elegy to the doomed men who were murdered by their adopted homeland." -Film Threat
"Regardless of your opinion about Sacco and Vanzetti, the documentary should prove thoughtful and thought-provoking" -Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely engrossing...the film masterfully revives the past" -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Concise and thoughtful" -Chicago Reader
Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the personal, political and legal aspects of the heartbreaking story behind Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. It is the first major documentary film about this landmark story. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people in the U.S. around the world protested on their behalf. Nearly eighty years later, the story continues to have great resonance, as civil liberties and the rights of immigrants are again under attack. The powerful prison writings of Sacco and Vanzetti are read by actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub. A chorus of passionate commentators propels the narrative, including Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, Studs Terkel, and a number of older people with personal connections to the story. Artwork, music, poetry, and feature film clips about the case are interwoven within the narrative. Through the tragic story of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the inspiring images of those who keep their memories alive, audiences will experience a universal - and very timely - tale of official injustice and human resilience.
Directed by Peter Miller, U.S.A., 2006, BetaSP, 80 mins.