Berkeley in the Sixties

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • UPC: 720229910361
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,064

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Savio
Clark Kerr
Joan Baez
Allen Ginsberg
Bobby Seale
Barry Melton
Technical Credits
Mark Kitchell Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Stephen Lighthill Cinematographer
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Archival Gems
         Kennedy Girls
            Play Clip
         Free Speech Movement Victory Celebration
            Play Clip
         Hells Angels' Press Conference
            Play Clip
         Friends of Lone Ranger Rally
            Play Clip
         Ken Kesey @ Acid Test Graduation
            Play Clip
         Tim Leary
            Play Clip
         Robert Mitchum on Vietnam
            Play Clip
         "Grow Up!"
            Play Clip
         Runaway Girls
            Play Clip
         Joan Baez at Stop the Draft Week
            Play Clip
         Black Panthers' Free Breakfast Program
            Play Clip
      Deleted Scenes
         Beginnings of a Student Movement
            Play Clip
         "Don't Trust Anybody Over Thirty"
            Play Clip
         Continuation of the Anti-War Movement Scene
            Play Clip
         "A Bunch of Beatniks, Radicals and Filthy Speech Advocates..."
            Play Clip
         The Rise of Black Power
            Play Clip
         The Mood of '68 - A Tale of Two Campaigns
            Play Clip
         First Stab at an Ending
            Play Clip
      Archival Photo Gallery
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
         The Trials of Henry Kissinger
         42 Up
         Fighter
   First Run Features
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