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Thrilling, explosive... still potent after all these years. --Paper Magazine
By turns humorous, satirical and deadly earnest... a still-potent artifact of political commitment. --LA Weekly
- Interview with director Lizzie Borden
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I can't comment on the quality of the disc quite yet, as I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, but the wonderful thing about this movie is that a bad transfer, although still a nuisance, can kind of add to its griminess. This movie is very documentary-esque in the sense that it looks like its shot on film taped together from single frames, early neo-realism style. Except what sets this film apart from the type of films that look like they were shot on somebody's parents' videocamera is that it's really well written, and the grime fits the tone.
It is ten years after the "Second American Revolution," and the leader of the Women's Army mysteriously dies... setting off women across the nation to take down The System. Honestly, this movie makes one think that they must have missed something while sleeping through classes.... "Second American Revolution? When did that happen?" It's plausible enough.
A few images might seem dated, but I think they only increase the symbolic effect. Stuff like the World Trade Center... very powerful symbol today. And the way the film analyzes the media and its use is very important to. On many fronts, in many ways, and in many senses this is a brilliant movie, one that just gets better the longer one takes to sit back and think, "Huh, crazy, that makes a lot of sense." Above all, it's visionary, pointing out the problems with feminism itself as well as promoting it.
Despite the changes in society resulting from feminism, gay rights, and the civil rights movement in the last 40 years, this movie shows that there's still much work to be done, to achieve real equality for all. It's not surprising to me that the radical political movement in the film, is led by a working-class black lesbian. Women who happen to be lesbian, blue-collar, and of color, are still the most oppressed people in our society.
Jean Satterfield is superb as Adelaide Norris, the dedicated member of the Women's Army. Jean conveys the militant stance of Adelaide, in a very visceral way. The supporting cast of this film, was also compelling. Especially Honey as Honey, the feminist revolutionary radio DJ. The film was slow-moving at times, but packed an emotional punch.
Rights of the oppressed in society, have been rolled-back by right-wing conservatives for the past 28 years. So, we could use a radical political strategy that addresses the rights of the oppressed again, like we did in the 60s and 70s. History has been known to repeat itself. In this day and age, a radical uprising by women in pursuit of equality, is needed more than ever. This movie could very well be a sign of things to come, in that regard. I recommend this film, to all who take women's rights seriously, and want to become more aware of women's oppression in society.
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Fantastic! Such a great tool for thinking about queer theory and queer politics!Published 4 months ago by Abigail Boggs
The only value of this film is the premise that electing a socialist government won't create significant social change and may simply dampen any revolutionary fervor. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Diogenes
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