Underground

1976

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 6.9 10 109

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Reviewed by Quag7 7 / 10 / 10

Interesting documentary of a passed era.

This film is not likely to be of interest to anyone who does not already know the basic history of the Weather Underground and the Students for a Democratic Society, with the possible exception of radical activists. It is basically an interview with some of the wanted members of the Weather Underground Organization, a radical left "terrorist" organization which grew out of the 60s political counterculture. WUO was wanted for a string of bombings (including the US Capital Building), and as such their faces are not visible. All of the members of the group who are interviewed in the film have since surfaced, and some are presently serving long prison sentences. I was born in 1972, and as such I was not really cognizant of what was going on the mid-70s but in hindsight what strikes me about this film is how much it feels like the "end" of something. The political idealism of the 1960s had long since imploded, and WUO's struggle seems futile - a few dozen radicals does not a revolution make. It is interesting to hear stories about what drove these people to pursue a life of armed struggle in the United States. Short clips of Black Panthers and people like Fidel Castro are included to give context to WUO's struggle. WUO was not a nihilist organization; there were specific aims and ideology behind what they fought for. In no way do I condone their actions, and my politics are very much opposed to that of WUO's, but you have to admire the courage, dedication, and commitment to action (rather than just talk) which defined this organization. Before watching this film (still in print), it would be helpful (if you have not already done so) to do some reading on the subject, or else the film is not likely to be of much interest (Familiarity with the basics of WUO and its origins is assumed). Try Ron Jacobs's superb "The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground" for starters. The value of this film is in its underlying optimism; that there was a time in America where people felt that they really could change the world - that you could fight the system and win. WUO failed, of course, and several decades of cynicism and apathy followed.

Reviewed by JasparLamarCrabb 4 / 10 / 10

Going underground...

While not director Emile de Antonio's finest, UNDERGROUND is still a compelling piece of film-making, capturing in-depth interviews with members of the 60s/70s radical Weathermen. Bernadine Dohrn is front and center as she and other "comrades" explain themselves. They are alternately fascinating and cringe-inducing. These "kids" come across as, if not insane, extremely naive. Realizing that peaceful demonstration was not going to help them overthrow the US government, they resorted to violence (specifically bombings) to further their unrealized goals. Intercut with scenes of various protests and revolutions (from Malcolm X to Fidel Castro), the film makes the group's cause seem idealistic to the point of being absurd as the interview subjects compare the US to Russia before their revolution! Nevertheless, de Antonio and cameraman Haskell Wexler have created an intriguing time-capsule.

Reviewed by Vellmont 4 / 10 / 10

Not terribly interesting.

The movie is almost entirely interviews with members of the Weather Underground. If you're interested in them historically you should probably see it, if only for completeness. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else though. There's not much presence or perspective of anyone in the movie except the weather underground themselves. That is to say the movie seems a bit lost in itself. Most of the material is speeches given by various members about their ideology, and the historical events (bombings, violence, etc) surrounding their group. What's missing is more in depth interviews about the background of each WUO member. There's very brief backgrounds given but I never got a sense of who any of these people were, only what sounded like a pre-prepared doctrine that they'd been saying over and over for years. I got the impression the WUO were a group of extremely bored people who were tired of their own movement. It should come as no surprise that they stopped being active the same year this movie was released.

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