Berkeley in the Sixties

Berkeley in the Sixties

Director: Mark Kitchell

Cast: Mario Savio, Clark Kerr, Joan Baez

     
 

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Mark Kitchell's award-winning documentary on the rise of political activism on the West Coast in the 1960's is given a solid presentation on DVD. Berkeley In The Sixties has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The film has been enriched with a variety of bonus

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Mark Kitchell's award-winning documentary on the rise of political activism on the West Coast in the 1960's is given a solid presentation on DVD. Berkeley In The Sixties has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The film has been enriched with a variety of bonus features, including additional archival material, interviews not included in the original release of the film, a gallery of historic photographs, and the film's original theatrical trailer.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Taking a cue from Warren Beatty's Reds, director Mark Kitchell seasons clips of the 1960s protests at the University of California with current-day interviews with assorted activists, musicians (Country Joe and the Fish's Barry Melton, who went on to become a lawyer), and other observers -- in effect, his own equivalent of Beatty's collection of leftist "witnesses." Unfortunately, Mario Savio, the lightning rod for the first round of free speech demonstrations, does not take the stand for Kitchell's inquiry. This is history written mainly by the opposition; officials such as the University's Clark Kerr and the two governors involved, Edmund "Pat" Brown and Ronald Reagan, are seen only in the historical clips. Kitchell's sympathies are clear, but this is not a one-sided interpretation. Some of the witnesses are willing to admit to tactical errors and a full measure of youthful hubris, though they're in agreement on the subject of official overreaction to the protests, particularly from Reagan. His spirit hovers over this film, which was released in the warm afterglow of his popular presidency. Kitchell was certainly not riding a wave of nostalgia for the '60s, which during the Reagan and Bush presidencies became regarded as the era in which America lost its way. That makes the accomplishment of this clear-eyed historical document all the more impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
UPC:
0720229910361
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
21,801

Special Features

Archival gems; Deleted scenes; Archival photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery; Chapters; Newly remastered

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. An Opening: Huac Demonstrations, 1960 [5:02]
2. Origins of Movement [4:33]
3. Civil Rights [4:24]
4. The Free Speech Movement - 1964 [13:12]
5. Stopping the Machine [13:25]
6. "War, What War?" [9:55]
7. "The Mess at Berkeley" [1:56]
8. The Rise of a Counter-Culture [8:58]
9. From Protest to Resistance - 1967 [11:21]
10. The Black Panthers [9:38]
11. Revolution in the Air [9:51]
12. People's Park - 1969 [4:13]
13. ."..As Far as We Could Go" [8:36]
14. Epilogue & Credits [3:26]

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