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Blood in the Face (1991)

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Using a blend of interviews and archive footage, this documentary offers an eye-opening look at neo-Nazism and its proponents in the United States.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert E. Miles ...
Himself - Host of the Gathering (as Pastor Bob Miles)
George Lincoln Rockwell ...
Himself - American Nazi Party (archive footage)
Don Black ...
Himself - Former Imperial Wizard, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Thom Robb ...
Himself - National Director, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Jack Moher ...
Himself - Christian Identity Minister
Allen Poe ...
Himself - Christian Identity Minister
John Ross Taylor ...
Himself - Canadian Fascist Leader, Western Guard
Bruce Carroll Pierce ...
Himself - Leader of The Order (archive footage)
Alan Berg ...
Himself - Talk Radio Host (archive footage)
Glen Miller ...
Himself - Head of the White Patriots Party
David Duke ...
Himself (archive footage)
Anne Bohlen ...
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Kevin Rafferty ...
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James Ridgeway ...
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An expose of the beliefs, history, and personalities of American White Supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis, fascists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Aryan Nation. Footage includes interviews, as well as the supremacist's own promotional material. Subject discussed include the loss of America to the "colored" races, the imminent racial bloodbath, interracial breeding, prejudice, the Holocaust, Jesus, Christianity, Jews, the Bible, and illegal immigrants who enter the country with nuclear bombs strapped to their backs. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Welcome to the Ku Klux Klan, American Nazi Party and David Duke

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According to Michael Moore in his book 'Here Comes Trouble', this was actually the first time he had been on camera in a film. The segment where he interviews some of the neo-Nazis was shot in 1986, before he started pre-production on Roger & Me (1989). Indeed it was because of Moore's connection to Kevin Rafferty that he was able to start filming his movie, though Rafferty didn't finish editing till 1991. See more »

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Fascinating Documentary examining the far, far right in America
21 August 1999 | by (Darwin, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a fascinating documentary examining the neo-fascist movements in North America; the militias, the Aryan churches and the Klans. The camera mingles with Klansmen and militia members as they attend social gatherings and discuss issues like the plans for a white homeland in the northern U.S.A., the proper pronunciation of the name of the biblical figure Adam and how Hitler was actually a misunderstood man who America should have sided with during the war.

The film makers rarely intrude on the action and allow the subjects to speak for themselves, thus giving people the opportunity to make a wide range of 'these would be funny if you didn't know how serious the person was when s/he said them' comments. My personal favourite was when an elderly man was giving a speech to his brethren and wrapped up the pep talk by saying "I'm hungry, so 'Sieg Heil!' and let's eat."

In one scene the meaning of the film's title is explained to us by a member of one of the groups portrayed. He claimed black people were inferior to white people because they (black people) could not blush (show blood in the face) and therefore were unable to feel shame like god fearing white folks, a rather tenuous basis on which to claim racial superiority in my mind but there you are.

The film also contains archival footage of assassinated American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell and Klansman turned politician David Duke, as well as toddlers parading in white Klan outfits while their mothers cooed about how cute they looked.

While I had the feeling that none of the people portrayed in this movie were members of Mensa, 'Blood in the Face' did convey to me the potential menace that such groups could cause in American society (and already have, as the Oklahoma bombing showed). This film may be dated by now but is still definitely worth watching. If nothing else it will make you think twice about visiting Idaho.


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