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Point of Order! (1963)

Point of Order! (1963)
April 3, 2009 - 7:30 pm
Dan Drasin (director of Sunday), Robert Duncan (editor of Point of Order!) and Douglas Kellner (UCLA professor and author of "Media Spectacle").

Directed by Emile de Antonio

Point of Order! is at once a landmark in political cinema and an incendiary aesthetic statement. Constructed entirely from CBS kinescopes of the controversial 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, the film famously eschewed both expert testimony and narration. Said a characteristically blunt Emile de Antonio, narration is "inherently fascist and condescending." But like the best of the concurrent direct cinema works, Point of Order!'s attitudes are constructed in its edit: a surface-level "objectivity" that is, in reality, brilliantly fabricated. The result is not just a searing indictment of McCarthyism, but an exposé of the fissures in American democracy as filtered through the new medium of television.

Point Films. Producer: Emile de Antonio, Daniel Talbot. Screenwriter: Emile de Antonio. Editor: Robert Duncan. 35mm, 97 min.

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Preservation funded by The Film Foundation

Sunday (1961)

Directed by Dan Drasin

A stunning document of the police crackdown on a peaceful demonstration of folk singers in Washington Square Park in 1961.

35mm, 17 min.