Robert Kramer Retrospective [1969]


- 1969 / USA / English / B&W / 132 min / 16mm

Script: Robert Kramer
Photography: Robert Machover
Editing: Robert Machover, Norman Fruchter
Sound: Norman Fruchter
Cast: Paul McIsaac, Robert Kramer, Tom Griffin, and others
Production Company: Monument Film Co, American Film Institute, Newsreel
Source: Cinematrix

In the not-so-far-away future a group of young revolutionaries, militants in the National Committee of Revolutionary Organizations, are preparing to come out of hiding by engaging in guerrilla actions. Meanwhile, in Mexico the Liberation Front is combating the United States. The objective is to link up the white revolutionaries with the blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans, who are all subject to the same exploitation and violence but divided by their inability to understand each other. The heads of the Committee find that they have to face the uncertainties, doubts, and fears of the militants themselves. The revolutionary offensive breaks out. Subversive newspapers are distributed. An army colonel is killed. A refinery is blown up. Prisons and radio and television stations are assaulted. After the police eliminate the group’s leader, his place is taken by Jim, who gives instructions to one of his comrades from a telephone booth, announcing the next decisive battle.

(Festival Cinema Giovani 1997)

• Robert Kramer Retrospective | FALN | In the Country | The Edge | Ice | People’s War | Milestones | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal | Guns | A Great Day in France / Birth | As Fast as You Can | Fear | Doc’s Kingdom | Route One / USA | Dear Doc | Berlin 10/90 | Video Letters: Robert Kramer and Stephen Dwoskin | Leeward | Point de départ / Starting Place | Walk the Walk | The Coat | Ghosts of Electricity | SayKomSa | Cities of the Plain | Against Forgetting