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The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | History  -  29 September 2005 (USA)
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Isn't All History Written From The View Of the Author?
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a child of the 60s, I celebrate those years. From the horror of the war in Viet Nam, as a Marine; to the horror of the assassination of both of the Kennedy's and Dr. King; from Selma to Chicago; we learned that our country could and would be able to recover and go on. It doesn't take a wannabe hippie to see how those changes shaped us, if not as children of specifically the decade of the 1960's, then at least of that generation. We burned draft cards, bras, crosses and large portions of cities. We put on the uniform of 'democracy' and went to die in countries we could not find on a map. We did terrible things and we did wonderful things.

As a country, we hated those who were different and, at the same time, we wanted to love those who were different. From the perspective of 40 years, I recognize that there are few of us who do not wear historical blinders of some type. If this creates revisionist history, so be it.

The film is excellent in its presentation. It is totally unreasonable to expect that those major personalities appearing in the film are not putting the best 'spin' on the events as they were involved in them. History didn't give any of them the chance to contemplate how they would look on film 40 years after the events. They acted and reacted as they were led to do at that moment in time. History has shown that some of their decisions were very good and others equally bad. All in all, they played an important role in not only shaping those times, but the generation that came from them. This is the picture that the film presents, almost without blemish. I recommend it highly.

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