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The Times of Harvey Milk
In 1978, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco city council, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. One year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Milk’s fellow council member, former police officer and fire fighter Dan White. The Times of Harvey Milk recreates the tumultuous story of Milk’s grass-roots political organizing and election, through the shocking murders and their repercussionsfrom the eloquent candle-light memorial joined by tens of thousands of San Franciscans on the evening of the assassinations, to the angry mobs who stormed City Hall, breaking windows and torching police cars in the aftermath of White’s lenient sentencing at his murder trial.
Rob Epstein's classic portrait of communities in conflict has won countless awards, including the Academy Award for best documentary feature, and was voted one of the two best documentaries of the decade in an American Film Magazine critics’ poll. A film by Rob Epstein and Richard Schmeichen. Directed by Rob Epstein. Produced by Richard Schmeichen. Edited by Deborah Hoffman/Rob Epstein . With: Harvey Milk, Harvey Fierstein (Narrator),Anne Kronenberg, Tory Hartmann, Tom Ammiano, Jim Elliot, Henry Der Jeannine Yeomans, Bill Kraus, Sally M. Gearhart, John Briggs, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Carter, Dianne Feinstein, David Fowler, Joseph Freitas, Terence Hallinan, George Moscone, &, of course, Dan White. 1984, 90 mins.
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WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:
"Immensely moving. Combines real emotional urgency with a most compelling grasp of the filmmaking craft." - Stephen Harvey, Village Voice
"One huge surprise hit." - William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Passion erupting beneath the surface in almost every frame of the film… a deeply moving piece of work." - Rex Reed, New York Post
"Powerful. A fantastic and tragic political drama as remarkable as anything in American history." - Dan Sallitt, Los Angeles Reader
"Riveting, humorous and touching." - Zena Jones, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Challenging, enthralling, impassioned filmmaking…brilliant and gripping" - Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"A story told with urgency and passion." - Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Superb! A vivid, moving affirmation…a revelation of how one man can make a difference." - Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle
"Extraordinarily wise and sensitive… brilliant." - Jack Matthews, USA Today