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Movie Review: American Anarchist cooks up an unsavory recipe for scolding an interview subject

22 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Documentary film often hopes to spark some passion in not only its audience but also its subjects. Whether it’s The Look Of Silence’s remorseless murderers being grilled by their old victim or Errol Morris’ multiple efforts to provoke new intellectual or emotional realizations in his man-alone character studies, there’s often an opportunity for reflection on the part of those whose lives are being analyzed. It doesn’t always happen (in the case of Morris’ The Unknown Known, about Donald Rumsfeld, it really didn’t happen), and it’s far from necessary. But it’s an appealing thought for directors, that they might end their feature-length investigations with some tangible evidence that the subject landed in a different place than where they began, the better to match the hoped-for journey of the viewer.

Unfortunately, you can’t force such a moment, and that’s where Charlie Siskel’s »

- Alex McLevy

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