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Using a mélange of animation, archival footage and voiceover re-creation by well-known actors, Brett Morgen expands even further on the eye-catching multimedia technique that he and co-director Nanette Burstein used in their 2002 doc The Kid Stays in the Picture.
The bulk of the animated sequences are re-enactments from the trial itself, with dialog lifted directly from courtroom transcripts (and trust me, no rewrites were required because you couldn't make this stuff up). This visual technique perfectly encapsulates the overall circus atmosphere of the trial, which was largely fueled by Hoffman and Rubin's amusing yet effective use of "guerilla theatre" to disrupt the proceedings and accentuate what they felt to be the inherent absurdity of the charges. The courtroom players are voiced by the likes of Nick Nolte (as prosecutor Thomas Foran), Jeffrey Wright (as Bobby Seale) and the late Roy Scheider (in full "fuddy-duddy" mode as Judge Hoffman).
Do not, however, mistake this film as a gimmicky and superficial "cartoon" that only focuses on the hijinx. There is plenty of evidence on hand, in the form of archival footage (fluidly incorporated by editor Stuart Levy) to remind us that these were very serious times.Read more ›
Anyway, the movie combines animation and archival footage of the events that took place during that August 1968. The animation is mainly in the courtroom, which is based on the court transcripts. Everything else is shown through footage either from news feeds or amateur video.
I found the movie gripping as the action switches back and forth from the court house trial to the actions happening during the marches etc., culminating in the mess that was captured by news cameras covering the convention of police unloading on helpless people.
Unfortunately there aren't any extras other than a remixed trailer for the movie. I would have liked to see some more footage of the night in question, but I guess what's in the film is enough.
Recommended for anyone who likes the 60s, history, or counter culture.
I've never seen most of this filmed protest footage. At last, there is enough original 1968 material organized in one movie, to visualize the Chicago physical situation experienced by perhaps 40,000 people on all sides. The documentary is presented by sequential intercutting of trial transcript and recreation video animations, with 1968 actuality films, TV, radio, and audio recordings. Historians can now see what was happening almost sequentially in several large outdoor venues.
The 1970 Chicago Seven trial transcript helps organize the original 1968 protest footage. The shockingly bloody park and street confrontation scenes keep the trial's political philosophy arguments relevant and interesting.
A mixed classical and rock movie score is alien in a documentary, and some of the classical pieces are strikingly inappropriate. I recall much of the music as excessively loud. But enough of everything else worked that a defense of this overwhelming music as avant-garde art is acceptable to me.
The "Chicago 10" production device of realistic human animation solves the problem of adding visual interest to audio-only original recordings, and blends well with full voice-over animation of the trial's transcript-only original record. 1968 was an era on the cusp of transition from black-and-white to color film.Read more ›
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At first the cartooning of the characters made me think it wasn't something I would like. But it's interspersed with scenes from back then and the graphic art is very good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by D. Shafer
This is an excellent piece of filmmaking. "Chicago 10" seamlessly weaves together an animated portrayal of the infamous Chicago Conspiracy Trial with archived footage of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adam
Some people might like this, but the cartoon recreations of so much of the film was not for me. It was interesting subject matter but I don't think the cartoon parts would appeal... Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Adams Family
Great documentation about the Chicago 8 and how everything went down at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and inside the court room using live interviews and animated... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Alberto Melendez
Very well done. The actors doing the voiceovers nailed it! Great combination of footage and animation. Good choice for anyone interested in that period of historyPublished on January 31, 2013 by Michael Shields
The time: August 1968. The place: the Chicago Amphitheater, host to that year's Democratic National Convention. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Roland E. Zwick
I purchased this video to use for training. It has a great collection of archival film of the events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Bernard J. Murray