Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Attica documentary 1971 prison riot cinda firestone
Attica (1974)
Directed by Cinda Firestone
“I came to make Attica because of my horror with how prison guards and police officers were able to kill so many people—both inmates and hostages—during the 1971 Attica Prison uprising and get away with it,” the recently restored film’s director tells us by email. “The prison staff wouldn’t let me inside, so I took pictures from outside, eventually making a movie with the still photos and audio that had I recorded. Later, I was able to film inmates released from Attica, as well as include footage shot during the takeover and the subsequent McKay Commission hearings. I wanted to make people aware of what was happening in prisons. The United States still incarcerates far more people than any other country does, and its prison population—heavily weighted towards Blacks and Hispanics—keeps growing. Things are only getting worse with the emergence of for-profit prisons. People still need to learn what is going on.” Aaron Cutler (August 25 at Lincoln Center, part of its Cinema of Resistance series)

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