A Filmed Record-- Montgomery to Memphis

DVD - 2013 | Full screen
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The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Including archival footage, this film is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970.
Publisher: New York : Kino Classics, [2013]
Edition: Full screen
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (181 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Ely Landau's King

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Mar 06, 2019

An extraordinary documentary that, while not as well known as "Eyes on the Prize," is just as powerful and important. As the title indicates, it focuses on MLK and the Civil Rights movement, ending with his assassination in 1968. It's a somewhat unusual doc in that it eschews narration and talking heads for news footage and speeches. Aside from MLK's oratory, the most striking (and horrifying) parts are those of peaceful demonstrators being brutally attacked by cops. It's a film that every American should see. For reading, there's Taylor Branch's "Pillar of Fire" and Michael Honey's "Going Down Jericho Road."

Feb 11, 2015

If fairytales show brutal beatings and unfettered racism, then this compilation of archival footage is indeed Grimm.
Having seen "Selma," I wanted to watch actual footage of Dr. King. In spite of 'poetic' interpolations by performers that add to the film's 3-hours, the power of King's vision, his deep faith and conviction, his strength and intelligence are amazingly present. Those who dismiss non-violent protest may be surprised at the considerable determination and diligence King inspired in the civil rights movement. As becomes evident in footage tracking actions in Selma, Birmingham, Chicago, and Memphis, non-violent protest calls on extreme courage, self-control, discipline, solidarity, and conviction, not to mention strength and stamina. It is anything BUT passive; it is active resistance, forcing oppression to reveal itself for change to occur.
What's more, a generation after King's death in 1968, his words resonate with cumulative power. The images in the film are stark reminders of a near past and not-so-'overcome' present day that includes Ferguson, Oakland (Fruitvale Station), and Staten Island.

Jul 20, 2014

Not surprisingly,this was just another SANITIZED,and extremely epic,but fairy tale account of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.'s life period.If you want the brutally honest truth about his life,SKIP THIS DOCUMENTARY PERIOD,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 27, 2014

This film really tears at your heart and soul. While watching it, I not only mourned King (someone with a shining intellect) but our country's stagnation in so many respects. We're too often defined as consumers, demographic groups, and voting blocks. Instead of bread and circuses, we have reality television. The marchers were so brave. It is touching to watch Jesse Jackson and other marchers act as shields to protect King - one man going as far as to place his hands on King's head to shelter him. King seemed to realize that he was probably going to be killed, yet he continued.


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