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Fight Against Fanaticism: Us Anti-Repression Films

Synopsis
Five films fighting for freedom of dissent against bigoted oppression. Contents:

DESPOTISM (1946, 11:00)
Extraordinary film that seeks to explain how societies can be placed upon a graduated scale between democracy and despotism.

DON’T BE A SUCKER (1947, 17:21)
An extraordinary film produced by the U.S. War Department on the eve of the Cold War urging Americans not to give in to the kind of fanaticism and hate-mongering at home that the country fought to defeat abroad during the Second World War.

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE: HERMAN TALMADGE (1954, 14:26) (1960, 20:03)
The surroundings of this Longines-Wittnauer Watch Company public affairs television show are modest in content, and the mood is therefore intentionally moderate in tone. Then the guest of the show, Governor of Georgia Herman Talmadge, opens his mouth, and the contrast of his words to his surroundings becomes at times hair-raising. With the birth of the modern civil rights movement in general, and school desegregation in particular being the overarching topic at hand, discussion about democratic party politics and industrial development does little to escape these historic developments. Though not itself an anti-fanaticism film, it is in fact a time-capsule containing all that progressive social politics has worked half a century to keep a thing of the past.

OPERATION ABOLITION (1960, 45:00)
An attempt to characterize as communist inspired one of the seminal events of the 1960s social revolution, - the May 1960 student and activist demonstrations against the activities of the committee. OPERATION CORRECTION entirely deconstructs that film, while at the same time making the same case against the committee that the students and activists were.

OPERATION CORRECTION (1961, 43:50)
The American Civil Liberties Union’s rebuttal to the House Un-American Activities Committee’s film OPERATION ABOLITION.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2010
Subjects
Media studies; Politics & government
Keywords
civil rights; Cold War; communism; democracy; freedom of expression; protest demonstrations; student movements; United States of America; civil liberties

Distribution Formats

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CD-ROM

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$19.95
Availability
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Duration/Size
124 minutes
Year
2010

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