IMPORTANT BACKGROUND NOTE: ACCORDING TO IMDB, THIS FILM WAS NEVER DISTRIBUTED, TELEVISED, OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE USA UNTIL 10/26/2016.
THIS IS A CO PRODUCTION BETWEEN THE U.S.A. AND JAPAN
IMPORTANT CONTEXT FOR THE FILM: THIS DOCUMENTARY FEATURES REAL FOOTAGE OF RACE RIOTS, REAL ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE FEATURING SERIAL KILLERS, AND REAL CRIMES!
WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT AND DISTURBING THEMES! REAL LIFE FOOTAGE OF RACE RIOTS, CRIMES AND MURDERS ARE DEPICTED IN THE FILM! VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED! ADULTS ONLY! 18+
PLOT: In 1982, filmmakers Seldon Renan and Academy Award® nominee Leonard Schrader (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MISHIMA, BLUE COLLAR) created a graphic and provocative examination of America's history with and penchant for senseless violence, mass shootings and cold-blooded murder. It was condemned as exploitive and obscene (The New York Times), acclaimed as among the most controversial documentaries in the history of cinema (Fantasia Festival), and never distributed, televised or made available for sale in the United States.
March 9, 2022 Subject:
365 Views, No Comments
Definitely not for the faint hearted...advisory warnings are appropriate. For 1981, it clearly was too extreme, and entirely too shocking for most audiences. I wonder how individuals who lived in the areas most impacted by violent crime during this era interpret this film? I have a difficult time analyzing the purpose of shock and awe presentations and am further fascinated by my own ability to view it...perhaps this is why only one out of 365 have commented. It is a brave and honest film, utterly grotesque at times; positively mind-blowingly at others...we are left with many questions and few answers; we are left with the reality of our flawed society and the undeniable truth that gun violence, regardless of where you stand politically, is a seemingly unsurmountable issue in the United States.