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7 January 1998 (USA) See more »
A true story of four Jewish intellectuals born in New York and educated at City College during the 1930s, and their divergent paths over the next six decades. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Daniel Bell ... Himself
Nathan Glazer ... Himself
Irving Howe ... Himself
Irving Kristol ... Himself

Alan Rosenberg ... Narrator

Directed by
Joseph Dorman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Dorman  writer

Produced by
Joseph Dorman .... producer
Arnold Labaton .... executive producer
Gail Segal .... associate producer
Original Music by
Adam Guettel 
Cinematography by
Barrin Bonet 
Peter Brownscombe 
Richard Chisolm 
Wayne De la Roche 
Boyd Estus 
Tom Kieffer 
Vaughn Kilgore 
Oren Rudavsky 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Oppenheim 
Art Department
Clive Helfet .... graphic designer
Sound Department
John Cameron .... sound
Quentin Chiappetta .... sound editor
Nick Clark .... sound
Carrie Giunta .... sound editor
Jeff Hansell .... sound
Peter Karl .... sound
John McCormick .... sound
Haven McKinney .... sound
Rick Mills .... sound
Beo Morales .... sound re-recording mixer
Caleb Mose .... sound
Jeff Pullman .... sound
Saul Rouda .... sound
Mark Roy .... sound
Dale Whitman .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Arcidiacono .... assistant camera
Rick Gioia .... assistant camera (as Richard Gioia)
Tony Hardmon .... assistant camera
Dick Williams .... assistant camera
Brett Wylie .... assistant camera
Animation Department
George Ball .... animator
Chris Kogler .... animator
Peter Longauer .... animator
Editorial Department
Alvin Bowens .... on-line editor
Other crew
Deborah Dash Moore .... academic advisor
Morris Dickstein .... academic advisor
John Patrick Diggins .... academic advisor
Debra Gitterman .... production coordinator
Maurice Isserman .... academic advisor
Russell Jacoby .... academic advisor
Tina Keswani .... intern
Libby Kreutz .... researcher
Abigail List .... production assistant
Celeste Main .... intern
Jennifer Marony .... intern
Monika McClure .... production coordinator
William O'Neill .... academic advisor
Ronald Radosh .... academic advisor
Marjorie Scheer .... production assistant
Tom Schnaibt .... production assistant
Suzanne Smith .... project consultant
Rennanah Weinstein .... intern
Eleanor Dorman .... special thanks
Jack Dorman .... special thanks
Bill Griffin .... special thanks
Neil Jumonville .... special thanks
Carol Peek .... special thanks
Tamara E. Robinson .... special thanks


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A good primer for understanding the changes of the American Left., 29 June 2003
Author: demyetvarda

This documentary is especially useful and interesting for students and for progressive intellectuals coming into our "age of reason" perplexed by the ineffectual left. If you have read Hanna Arendt's *On Violence* and you wondered why she so pointedly critiqued the methods of the young student protesters (who were as appalled by totalitarianism as she was) this simple, if sentimental documentary goes a long way towards settling the score between 30s and 60s radicals. The once-members of the anti-stalinist communists who argued in the halls of City College talk about what it was like to be a young students who cared about learning and politics and their subsequent methods of coming to terms with the tragic ramifications of Stalinism. This documentary shows us how indelibly this disappointment marked the political minds of a radical generation, and how it essentially de-radicalized that generation. In the end it offers hope that there is the possibility of critiquing the failures of the left while at the same time respecting the real intellectual vigilance of those whose humility allowed that fascism could have many possible origins, and that we should never be so smug as to think our own actions could not give rise to it.

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