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Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint (1971-1989)

Director: Emile de Antonio, Emile de Antonio, Emile de Antonio
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Homevision
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint: Milhouse - A White Comedy (1971)
Even Oliver Stone's 1995 Nixon took a kinder view of our controversial 37th president than the satirical documentary Milhouse-A White Comedy. Made one year before Watergate, the film uses overly familiar filmclips to depict Nixon as a buffoon, mostly by leaning heavily on the "Checkers" speech and the "You Won't Have Dick Nixon to Kick Around" promise of 1962. Curiously, by emphasizing Nixon's public failures, the film succeeds in displaying Richard M. as a true survivor, one who was able to weather personal crises that would have felled a lesser man. This certainly was not what the filmmakers had in mind, but that's the danger of relying upon irony and sarcasm rather than genuine wit when concocting a hatchet piece. Naturally, if you don't like Richard Nixon, you'll find plenty in Milhouse-A White Comedy to bolster your opinion of the man, especially in the juxtaposed-newsclip sequences wherein Nixon's many prevarications are dwelt upon. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint: Mr. Hoover and I (1989)
In this documentary, avant-garde filmmaker Emile DeAntonio (1920-1989) discusses filmmaking with his friend, musician John Cage, but chiefly explores the myth and reality of the former Director of the F.B.I., J. Edgar Hoover. During his lifetime, Hoover was idolized as a paragon of decency and someone who unfailingly upheld quintessential American values. After his death, the story that was revealed was considerably darker and more complex. DeAntonio has a lot of harsh things to say about the man and the federal agency he led, and uses as examples his huge (and often silly) F.B.I. files, released under the Freedom Of Information Act. This was DeAntonio's last film.

Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint: Underground (1974)
Since most of the members of the Weather Underground interviewed in this film were fugitives at the time it was made in 1974, the FBI attempted to impound it as evidence. After several years of legal battles, it was finally released. These radicals, deeply dissatisfied with the American political culture of the time, discuss their views and the reasons for their actions which resulted in criminal charges and their fugitive status.

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Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint: Milhouse - A White Comedy (1971)
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Emile de Antonio-Radical Saint: Mr. Hoover and I (1989)
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