In the opening moments of Rob Epstein’s profoundly moving 1984 documentary, “The Times of Harvey Milk,” the titular San Francisco supervisor fearlessly rides atop a car waving to supporters, well aware that he’s an open target. The footage is juxtaposed with a taped will Milk recorded a year before his assassination in November 1978, when he was gunned down by a former colleague, Dan White (the city’s Mayor Moscone was also killed in the bloodbath). Considering Milk’s status as one of the first openly gay politicians elected to public office in America,
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The Times of Harvey Milk (Criterion Collection) I am so backed up on Blu-ray reviews at the moment. I'm about midway through my review of Au revoir les enfants and I watched this one just today. It was a first time viewing for me and if anything it gave me an added respect for Gus Van Sant's Milk as not a stone was left unturned and on top of that it's quite obvious Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black didn't embellish much of the story.
It's interesting in fact, on this Blu-ray there's a feature that discusses both The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and Milk and the possible biopics on Harvey Milk that never saw the light of day, one brought up by Anne Kronenberg was Oliver Stone's attempt at the film and she says
The Times of Harvey Milk
Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel NicolettaNew interview with documentary filmmaker and Uc Berkeley professor Jon ElseNew program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and NicolettaPostscript containing interview clips not used in the filmRare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey MilkInterview excerpts from Epstein's research tapesFootage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremonyPanel discussion on Supervisor Dan White's controversial trialExcerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary
Today, Pill is one of Harvey's biggest fans. And she belongs to another fan club, too, one a lot of queer women are going to be joining when they get to know Anne Kronenberg, the curly-haired dyke-on-a-bike who ran Harvey's first successful campaign, played by Pill in the film.
At first glance, it's hard to see much similarity between the two women, although Kronenberg was also 22 years old when tapped by Milk to run his third supervisorial campaign.
Strong, confrontational, and passionate, Anne rode a motorcycle and wore leather jackets. She took on the
When "The Times of Harvey Milk," director Rob Epstein's electric, Oscar-winning documentary about the life and tragic death of politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, premiered in 1984, Dan White, the man who assassinated the film's subject, had already been released from prison. Milk, the self-proclaimed "Mayor of Castro Street," became the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office when he was named San Francisco city supervisor in 1977. Less than a year later, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot to death in City Hall by White, a former colleague, a shocking act that would later be topped when White got off with a conviction of manslaughter and a seven-year sentence, an outrage that sparked riots.
This week sees both the 30th anniversary of Milk's passing and the release of a highly anticipated and long-in-the-making biopic of the man, Gus Van Sant's "Milk,
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