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Anthem (1997)

A captivating cross-country adventure brought to life by two young women who take the road to explore and expose the American Dream. Armed with a Powerbook and a couple of cameras, ... See full synopsis »
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A captivating cross-country adventure brought to life by two young women who take the road to explore and expose the American Dream. Armed with a Powerbook and a couple of cameras, filmmakers Gabel (writer/director of Golden Globe nominated A Love Song for Bobby Long) and Hahn (Executive Producer of Academy Award winning The Departed) find themselves driving recklessly through the back roads of Aspens with Hunter S. Thompson, chilling out with Willie Nelson on his tour bus, musing with Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance and inadvertently breaking the rules in the West Wing-- all the while chronicling the people they meet along the way in gas stations and diners. Anthem is a unique and irreverent time capsule of the American Spirit at the dawn of the 21st century.

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Sloppy but terrific
22 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Saw it at a film festival when it came out in 1997. As has been reported, yes, it is sloppy and at times self-centered. But unapologetically so. Yes, at times it is difficult to watch, in the sense that a real road trip is also difficult to endure. Yes, it unfolds in chronological order, just like a road trip. It is also self-deprecating. Haven't seen it in 14 years, but I remember very clearly Robert Redford asking "Why do you have two cameras?" (set up three feet apart, same angle.) Interviewers: "So we can cut between the shots." (pause.) Redford: "...Got it." And George McGovern, prior to his interview: "Is this set-up okay?" (meaning, a corner of his office, overlooking Washington DC, with law books and an American flag.) Interviewers: "Huh?" They didn't care about anything except getting the job done, the best way they could. I appreciated the verite, behind-the-scenes feel, and found the film immensely inspiring. Also bought the companion hard cover book.


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