Times of Harvey Milk

Times of Harvey Milk

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Director: Robert Epstein

Cast: Harvey Milk

     
 

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A documentary portrait of San Francisco's first openly gay politician, city supervisor Harvey Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk might not have been made but for the tragic circumstances of Milk's death. On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former city supervisor who was desperate to regain his post, entered City Hall with a gun and murdered both San Francisco'sSee more details below

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Overview

A documentary portrait of San Francisco's first openly gay politician, city supervisor Harvey Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk might not have been made but for the tragic circumstances of Milk's death. On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former city supervisor who was desperate to regain his post, entered City Hall with a gun and murdered both San Francisco's mayor, George Moscone, and Milk. At the trial, White's lawyer skillfully turned the jury's attention away from his client's public anti-gay statements to focus on White's spotless record and his extremely agitated mental state on the day of the murders. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to a relatively brief jail term, sparking a demonstration and riot by gay supporters of the murdered men. The film considers Milk's accomplishments and his exceptional popularity; this is not an objective look at a man, but a celebration of a martyr. Winner of an Academy award for Best Documentary Feature, The Times of Harvey Milk was released while White was serving his sentence; he was paroled in 1984 and committed suicide the next year. Epstein's other major efforts included the documentaries Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989) (about the AIDS epidemic) and The Celluloid Closet (1995), about images of gay men and women in Hollywood films.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
It is impossible to separate the accomplishments of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk from the implications of his tragic death, and filmmaker Robert Epstein and his colleagues don't even try. By virtue of his being openly gay, Milk attracted a lot of attention in a city allegedly famous for its tolerance of alternative lifestyles, but Epstein makes it clear that attention wasn't unanimously positive. The film shows how Milk became a transition figure; it wasn't enough that he was the first openly gay politician in the city, but that he had to become a victim of anti-gay sentiment, personified by Dan White, to become a national symbol of intolerance. Epstein shows how Milk's supporters went from an attitude of "Look how far we've come" after he was elected, to "Look how far we have to go" after he was murdered -- and especially after White's virtual acquittal. It's a story of triumph that is also quite melancholy, and Mark Isham's lovely music underscores that sentiment.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
UPC:
0715515068819
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
32,554

Special Features

Disc one:; Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta ; Interview clips not used in the film; Original theatrical trailer; Disc two:; New interview with documentary filmmaker Jon Else; New program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta ; Rare collection of audio and video recordings of Milk ; Excerpts from Epstein's research tapes, featuring Milk partner Scott Smith; Footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 academy awards ; Panel discussion on supervisor Dan White's trial; Excerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary commemoration of Milk's and Mayor George Moscone's assassinations

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Criterion Collection: The Times of Harvey Milk - Disc One: The Film
1. Harvey's Political Will [3:06]
2. Mayor of Castro Street [6:30]
3. A New Kind of Politics [3:52]
4. Campaign for Supervisor [6:15]
5. Something New at City Hall [5:27]
6. Advancing the Issues [5:03]
7. San Francisco's Gay Rights Bill [3:09]
8. Proposition 6 [7:01]
9. Road to Victory [8:18]
10. Dan White Resigns [:00]
11. Tragedy at City Hall [4:18]
12. Candlelight March [6:24]
13. The Trial [6:30]
14. "He Got Away With Murder" [7:44]
15. Hope [5:45]
16. Closing Credits [4:29]
1. The Times of Harvey Milk [3:06]
2. Scott Smith [6:30]
3. George Moscone [3:52]
4. "Defining the Elements" [6:15]
5. The Storytellers [5:27]
6. The Crew [5:03]
7. "What It Meant to Be Gay" [3:09]
8. "A Provincial News Story" [7:01]
9. "A Nonfiction Narrative Film" [8:18]
10. Dan White [:00]
11. Repeating the Assassinations [4:18]
12. Mark Isham's Score [6:24]
13. "The Farce of the Trial" [6:30]
14. "A Life-Changing Event" [7:44]
15. The Last Shot [5:45]
16. "Harvey Lives in This Film" [4:29]
Disc #2 -- Criterion Collection: The Times of Harvey Milk - Disc Two: The Suplements
1. Scott Smith [26:54]
2. Bob Ross [8:36]
3. Amber Hollibaugh [14:25]
4. Cleve Jones [14:30]
5. Lillian Sing [5:33]
6. Hank Wils [9:49]
1. Introductions/Jury Selection [7:54]
2. "Gay Panic Defense" [4:12]
3. Diminished Capacity [3:57]
4. Murder [5:59]
5. Dan White's Confession [5:17]
6. "Good People" [2:06]

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