Thursday, September 9, 2010

Emile de Antonio

Emile de Antonio's Underground (1976) is an extended whine session for five members of the Weather Underground, intercut with well-chosen archival material (Mary Lampson was the editor). Interviews with Bill Ayers, Kathy Boudin, Bernadine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Cathy Wilkerson, then in hiding, were shot by cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who never shows their faces by shooting through gauze or else into a mirror (as in the top still, Wexler at left, de Antonio at right). The self-justification of the five white middle-class activists contrasts with powerful footage of their much more charismatic role models, Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, and Ho Chi Minh (above).
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