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Chicago 10 (1/10)
by Tony Medley
I was really looking
forward to this because I like good documentaries and I lived through
this. Alas, it’s little more than a cartoon. In fact, it is
half-cartoon. About the protest at the 1968 democrat convention in 1968
and the trial after, Writer-director Brett Morgen has chosen to bounce
back and forth from archival footage of the actual protest to scenes of
the trial using the transcript as the script. Unfortunately, instead of
using archival photographs, or recreating the trial with actors, Morgen
uses cartoons, actually motion capture technology. It’s unseemly and
jarring to jump from high tension newsreel footage of the protest to
something that looks like Bugs Bunny or Donald Duck in the trial. It
absolutely ruins what could have been a good film.
The poor quality of this
film is surprising because it’s produced by Graydon Carter, the editor
of “Vanity Fair,” and producer of the excellent documentary about Bob
Evans, “The Kid Stays in the Picture” (2002). Alas, Carter didn’t bring
the quality of that film into this one.
The cartoonish nature of
the trial diminishes what was a highly dramatic, tension-filled
atmosphere. The trial was like a circus and was extremely controversial.
But when you see all these strong personalities like Jerry Rubin, Abbie
Hoffman, William Kunstler, David Dellinger and Judge Hoffman as
cartoons, you expect one of them to chomp on a carrot and say, “Eh,
what’s up doc?” instead of dealing with some very serious issues.
Another unfortunate aspect
of the film is its bias. One wouldn’t anticipate Carter to be involved
in anything even-handed, as he has turned “Vanity Fair” from an arts and
entertainment magazine into a left wing propaganda rag (albeit pretty
successful; it contains some great writing and interesting articles).
But almost each issue contains a diatribe by Carter against President
Bush. This film epitomizes Carter’s disdain for fairness. The only
people interviewed are the defendants. There are lots of archival clips
of Hoffman and Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis and the rest stating their
point of view. But there is not one second of any interview or clip of
the prosecutors. There are some clips of Mayor Daly of Chicago at news
conferences, but they all make him look like a despot. It would have
been much better served to have had someone explain the problem that was
faced by Chicago in hosting a major convention and contending with
people who wanted to disrupt it.
Without the cartoons and
with some balance, this could have been a real winner. As it is, it is a
film intended to appeal to the extreme left wing only.
January 22, 2008