Sep 23, 2005

Underground (1976)

Five members of the Weather Underground, while wanted by the FBI, agree to sit in front of the camera by Haskell Wexler, Mary Lampson and Emile deAntonio to discuss their cause. Because they were fugitives, the UWO members' faces are never seen on screen, and Wexler's camera must find creative ways of shooting around them, with mirror reflections and such. This legendary documentary is not a tiresome minimalist exercise, as it also relies on archival footage of social unrest which individually inspired members of this quintet to be radicals. These people are also shown to be microcosms of the "great struggle" for justice in an oppressive society. Fascinating, sad and haunting.

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