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From Brett Morgen, director of The Kid Stays in the Picture, comes a highly-stylized and wildly original documentary film, chronicling the real-life events surrounding the anti-war protest of the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago and the charismatic protest organizers brought to trial by the city. Told through a visually-arresting animation style and a bold use of archival footage and music, Chicago 10 channels yesterday's voices for peace in a manner that speaks peace for today.
Some documentaries endow historical events with context, while others recreate them in all their messy glory, leaving viewers to organize the chaos themselves. Brett Morgen (co-director, The Kid Stays in the Picture) takes the latter tack in his multi-media reconstruction of the protests during 1968's Democratic National Convention. Using the ensuing conspiracy trial as a framing device, he assembles archival footage and animated sequences into a Rorschach-type pattern (the title refers to the eight defendants and their attorneys). Further, he turns to blistering tracks from the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine to distinguish his doc from the usual nostalgia parade--sprinkled with period-appropriate selections, like Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." In the motion-capture portions, actors voice the primary players: Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman (Hank Azaria) and Jerry Rubin (Mark Ruffalo), Black Panther Bobby Seale (Jeffrey Wright), Prosecutor Thomas Foran (an ultra-raspy Nick Nolte), and Judge Julius Hoffman (Roy Scheider, in one of his final roles). Until the tone darkens towards the end, Chicago 10 is almost too diverting for its own good. Hoffman and Rubin come across as charismatic comedians rather than committed activists, though theres nothing funny about their furor over the conflict in Vietnam. If Morgen spends too much time on their Marx Brothers-like antics--in attempting to expose the ridiculousness of their plight, they sometimes seem more like petulant pranksters than First Amendment champions--Chicago 10's contemporary relevance makes it necessary viewing for free-speech proponents and anti-war protestors alike. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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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.
The two groups had very different approaches to the anti-war movement. MOBE was a traditional group with straight forward, easily understood methods. "We are coming to Chicago...not to disrupt the convention, not to confront the police, the National Guard troops, or the men of the United States Army. But to challenge the policies of militarization that have been felt so strongly and brutally in Vietnam," said MOBE co-founder Rennie Davis. The YIPPIES on the other hand were wild and crazy guys who believed that politics had become all lights and magic with which the current administration dazzled and then duped the public. Abbie Hoffman said,"...politics is the way you live not who you support. Its not in terms of rallies or speeches or political programs. Its in terms of image and transforming people's lives." When you put the MOBE and the YIPPIES together something was going to happen--and Chicago's despotic Mayor Richard Daley wasn't going to like it.
CHICAGO 10 is an exciting, vibrant recreation of the anti-war protests surrounding the Democratic Convention that resulted in the arrests and subsequent trials of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, David Dellinger,Lee Weiner, John Froines, and Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panthers who had only been IN Chicago for 2 or 3 hours. You may say, that's only 8 and you're right. The other 2 are their lawyers Leonard Weinglass and William Kunstler, who racked up almost 5 years in contempt of court charges during the trial. The film is composed of both live action footage of the real events (most notably the actual the attempts to march upon the convention center and later attacks by police and National Guardsmen upon the marchers) and animation that looks as if it were rotoscoped. The animation is used primarily for the courtroom scenes and uses an extremely colorful pallette, that gives everything a garish, almost carnival-like appearance--which is very appropriate given the nature of the trial.This is such a beautifully crafted film that I'm afraid I could never do it justice. The real tale is told as two threads, one of the trial and the other of the protest march that finally twist together to form the complete story of what actually happened and who these people really were.
How you respond to CHICAGO 10 will be completely determined by your political leanings. If you're a conservative who feels that all forms of bureaucracy should be revered then you will undoubtedly feel little sympathy for the protesters as they get the bejezus beaten out of them by the Chicago cops, who still have a tendency to do that to innocent people for no apparent reason on occasion. If you were a liberal who remembers those halcyon days then this film is a great way to see how old you really are. If you now look at these guys as rude little *&^%$(&^ who had it coming, then you should probably fill out that card that the AARP sent you because you are now officially old and your newfound conservative views reflect your age. As for me, I always found Abbie Hoffman to be rude and abrasive. and I doubted that the YIPPIE'S theatrical antics such as their attempt to levitate the Pentagon were ever helpful to the peace movement. But nobody deserved what Daley dished out. THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING US in 1968 and what they saw was a nation that sadly couldn't live up to its own standards.