Chicago 10


103 min. minutes | Rated R

Director Brett Morgen hasn't made a fuzzy nostalgia trip for people who protested the Chicago Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1968—he's made a rousing primer for people who might want to protest a convention (or two) in the summer of 2008. In 1968, a few mobs—including the Yippies—descended on Chicago to disrupt the convention. The Yippies went to stage, in Abbie Hoffman’s words, a "fuck-in." Chicago 10 is an invitation to join the party—fighting the pigs is exhilarating and fun!—slipped between live footage and an animated re-creation of the trial. The documentary segments are lessons in logistics, media management, and how to give rousing, fuck-the-man speeches, Jerry Rubin style. The 3-D animation looks like an iteration of Grand Theft Auto. And the hippie-free soundtrack (Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Black Sabbath) completes Morgen's manifesto: Fuck Country Joe & the Fish. Rockers, rappers, and metal heads can protest, too.


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Film Credits
Brett Morgen
Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, David Dellinger, Abbie Hoffman, William Kunstler