Point of Order!
1963. USA. Emile de Antonio. 97 min.
1961. USA. Dan Drasin. 17 min.
Introduced by Lipman, Talbot
Friday, October 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Point of Order!
1963. USA. Directed by Emile de Antonio. Co-produced by Daniel Talbot—who will take part in a Q&A after the October 29 screening—this landmark of political cinema was constructed entirely out of CBS kinescopes of the notorious 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. The radical De Antonio, believing narration to be “inherently fascist and condescending,” disdained the use of voice-over or expert commentary; instead, he, Talbot, and their editor Robert Duncan shaped forty days of television broadcasts—which De Antonio described as “188 formless hours ending in a whimper”—into a deeply personal and often chilling indictment of McCarthyism (building to the legendary moment when Army counsel Joseph Welch excoriates Senator McCarthy, “At the end of the day, sir, have you no decency?”). Point of Order! remains an urgent reflection on the dangers of media manipulation and cult of personality to our democratic society. Preserved by UCLA Film & Television archive with funding provided by The Film Foundation. 97 min.
1961. USA. Directed by Dan Drasin. “A stunning document of the police crackdown on a peaceful demonstration of folk singers in Washington Square Park in 1961. Made with outdated short-ends of 16mm film stock that seventeen-year-old filmmaker Drasin chopped out of D.A. Pennebaker’s freezer with an ice-pick, Sunday is a transitional moment frozen in time: an early glimpse of the social protest movement that would explode throughout the world just a few years later” (Ross Lipman, Senior Film Preservationist, UCLA). Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funds from The Film Foundation. 17 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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