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Movie Review: Sacco and Vanzetti

Alternate Title: Justice Denied

Story: Those of you out there who are very young, I hope you don't think that Sacco & Vanzetti is the name of a clothing line or wine label.

Nicola Sacco and Bartolemo Vanzetti were executed in Massachusetts in 1927. They represented, arguably, the biggest miscarriage of justice of the 20th century.

Documentary filmmakerPeter Miller details the notorious case step by step. He reveals the tenor of the times, during the Red Scare, when immigrants were rounded up, jailed and/or deported without cause or trial. Sound familiar?

The two Italian immigrants were a part of the growing Anarchist movement. Guilt by association caused them to be falsely arrested and ultimately charged with robbery and murder. They became a cause celebre, with worldwide demonstrations. Their trial was a mockery of justice complete with falsified evidence, lying witnesses and a bigoted judge.

The case inspired writers, musicians and artists to create masterpieces. My favorite series of inspired art is by Ben Shahn. http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=ben%20shahn%20sacco%20and%20vanzetti&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi

If you are a history nut like me this moving story will grab you and make for some table pounding rage when you get home. For more info on this case go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacco_and_Vanzetti

Acting: It is presented as a documentary with talking heads. The voiceover's of Sacco and Vanzetti are by John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub.

Predilection: I have always been fascinated by this particular miscarriage of justice.

Critters: None

Food: No time for food while protesting injustice

Soundtrack: A nice blend of songs with a performance by Arlo Guthrie at the end singing a song that his father, Woody, wrote at the time of the injustice.

Opening Titles: Simple white type setting the time and place.

Visual Art: Nice file footage of the crowds and locales of the protests.

Theater Audience: About 20 other anarchists.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: It is very squirmy indeed to watch our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties go down the toilet.

Drift Factor: I could not help but think about what similarities are happening now to our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties.

Predictability Level: I am very familiar with this true story so for me there was no factor here.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: Don't get me started about our Government's history of trashing the Constitution with its witch hunts against people who are 'different'.

Big Screen or Rental: This could easily be a rental. A 1971 film called Sacco and Vanzetti is also available for a rental.

Length: 90 minutes