|MILESTONES (director: Robert Kramer/John Douglas; screenwriter: Robert Kramer; cinematographers: Robert Kramer/John Douglas/Barbara Stone; editors: Robert Kramer/John Douglas; music: Bobby Buechler; cast: Grace Paley (Helen, photographer), Mary Chapelle (Mama), Suie Solf (Karen), Joe Stork (Larry), Jim Nolfi (Jim), Lou Ho (Lou), Kalaho (Erika), Tina Shepherd (Elizabeth), Sharon Krebs (Jane), John Douglas (John, blind potter), David C. Stone (Joe), Paul Zimet (Peter); Runtime: 199; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Barbara Stone/David C. Stone; Icarius Films; 1975)|
|"American indie cinema at its
most epic, as a fake cinéma-vérité three-and-a-half
hour testament to the generation that
survived the 1960s."
by Dennis Schwartz
American indie cinema at its most epic, as a fake cinéma-vérité three-and-a-half hour testament to the generation that survived the 1960s. Under the lyrical direction of Robert Kramer ("People's War"/"Route One/USA"/"Dear Doc") at least forty assorted hippies, filmmakers, immigrants, and political activists are interviewed in their familiar landscapes, as they attempt to come to terms with a changing country in the post-Sixties. The subjects engaged in are diverse, such as parenting, activism, slavery, Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, feminism, career challenges, economic survival and communal life. But beware, some scenes are scripted and fictionalized.
excellent timeless historical film is one for the
record, as it notes the passing of era for radicalism
that promised so much for those who envisioned an
alternative America and now experience a certain
sadness and nostalgia for an idealistic society that
promised and delivered much but never reached its
visionary potentials. Filmmakers Kramer and John
Douglas take us on a bumpy ride exploring the
transition of the 1960s into the 1970s, as its sundry
subjects leave us with many invaluable insights into
the revolutionary agitprop of the times.
film, a talk fest, justifiably leaves the silent
majority out of the picture to focus solely on the
white radicals who were hungry to eradicate the
downsides of America and not fit into the
REVIEWED ON 6/15/2014 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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