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Twilight Los Angeles [VHS]

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Anna Deavere Smith, Brian Eric Alexander, George Bush, Reginald Denny, Daryl Gates
  • Directors: Marc Levin
  • Writers: Anna Deavere Smith
  • Producers: Anna Deavere Smith, Cherie Fortis, Daphne Pinkerson, Ezra Swerdlow, Steven Tabakin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • VHS Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JJRX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Anna Deavere Smith has been credited with inventing a new form of theater -- a provocative blend of performance, social commentary and journalism designed to encourage a national dialogue about controversial issues.

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On March 3, 1991, an African-American man was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, when the jury's "not guilty" verdict dismissed the officers on trial for the assault, the city ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence that left neighborhoods smoldering. Twilight: Los Angeles, adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's searing one-woman play, captures this tumultuous and challenging moment in America's race relations. Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by filmmaker Marc Levin (Slam, 1998 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner), the film interweaves Smith's masterful performance with documentary footage to examine the tragic events that pitted blacks, whites, Latinos, and Koreans against each other, creating an indelible portrait of rage, loss and battered hope.

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By F. Gentile on July 10, 2002
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Wow. That was my initial reaction upon first viewing this film. And remains so. Conceived , written by, and starring Anna Devere Smith, this one woman show of the events surrounding the Rodney King verdict, and the riots that followed, is a must see. It is not only an artistic achievement, but an incredibly moving and effective social commentary. She creates brilliant portrayals of different characters, with varying observations of the destruction around them. The fact that Anna Deavere Smith not only wrote this , but acts it out, is a revelation. I have seen Miss Smith in several supporting roles, and thought she had a commanding presence, but this truly shows what a wonderfully talented artist she is. A powerful testament to the possibilities of what just one person can create, given the opportunities which everyone deserves. Not to be missed.
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I was first exposed to this book in the classroom and have since read and read it many times. The form of the book creates a new genre in literary representation by capturing the essence of each character's idiosyncratic voice. This video is a condensed version of the dramatic play. The first time that you see it, you will realize the sheer brillance of Smith's ability; not only has she written a great drama but she has the skill of a virtuosa on the stage, bringing the voices within the play to vivid life. I cannot stress how important this play/ book is in terms of our American identities. It is complex and intense; it provides us with the opportunity of seeing ourselves from the outside without ever reducing the multiplicity of us all.
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This video is fantastic. Anna Deavere Smith does an incredible job at playing so many characters realistically that you won't believe your eyes. Of course, the social and political statements in the film are very important, but watching her bring these characters to life is worth every moment.
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