MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,686 this week

Strange Culture (2007)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 306 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 12 user | 23 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 369 titles
created 11 Sep 2011
 
a list of 71 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
a list of 1995 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 5 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 15 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Strange Culture" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Strange Culture (2007)

Strange Culture (2007) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Strange Culture.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wittgenstein (1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Clancy Chassay, Jill Balcon, Sally Dexter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister.

Director: Susan Streitfeld
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas
The Statement (2003)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tale of a former Nazi executioner who becomes a target of hit men and Police investigators.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates
I Am Love (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Director: John Maybury
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton
Blue (1993)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton, John Quentin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: 'Spring' Mark Adley, Gay Gaynor, Matthew Hawkins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At the airport on the Outer Hebrides island of Barra, a small group of people await the delayed plane to Glasgow on the Scottish mainland... See full synopsis »

Director: Timothy Neat
Stars: John Berger, Hamish Henderson, Lucia Lanzarini
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

From Time Out Film Guide Beatt's first feature centres on a staggering performance from Swinton: part Diva... See full synopsis »

Director: Cynthia Beatt
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Féodor Atkine, Lutz Weidlich
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Imogen Kimmel
Stars: Klaus Steiger, Tilda Swinton, Fritz Bachschmidt
Das offene Universum (TV Movie 1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Klaus Wyborny
Stars: Christoph Hemmerling, Eckhard Rhode, Tilda Swinton
The Somme (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Drama-documentary recounting the events of the 1st July 1916 and the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front during the First World War. Told through the letters and journals of soldiers who were there.

Director: Carl Hindmarch
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ed Stoppard, Paul Popplewell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Steve Kurtz
...
Hope Kurtz
...
Himself
Josh Kornbluth ...
Himself
Steve Kurtz ...
Himself
Shoresh Alaudini ...
Loren
Cassie Powell ...
Lise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
FBI Agent
Gregg Bordowitz ...
Himself - Artist / CAE Defense Fund
Larissa Clayton ...
Char
Beatriz da Costa ...
Herself
Susan Leeson ...
Herself (as Dr. Susan Leeson)
...
Himself
Marcie Prohofsky ...
FBI Agent
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep of heart failure. Medics arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz's art, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist", as dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, cat, and even his wife's body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

reenactment

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paraxeni koultoura  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official Selection and World Premiere, Sundance International Film Festival, 2007 See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
news caster: Like many an unfortunate drama, the story begins with a death. Steve Kurtz called 911 early on the morning of May 11th, after his wife suffered cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. When police arrived on the scene they saw not a 45-year old woman claimed well before her time, but rather petri dishes and sophisticated scientific equipment...
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Amazing Application of the Docudrama Genre in, Strange Culture (2007)
24 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Amazing Application of the Docudrama Genre in, Strange Culture (2007) (or, government exploitation of event to circumvent expectation of human rights in the fulfillment of social contract.)

The making of, Strange Culture, establishes a genre form within a genre, so elegantly does it apply both a storyline and it's backing with factual event but incorporates the "director's cut" inside to the making at the same time. Although a feat not for the faint of heart, the production carries its flow in a highly clarifying manner and with the very warmth of both actors and those they portray, seemingly caught up in a labor of love. Even more astounding when the viewer begins to realize the concerns at hand are wrought upon the innocent by a monstrosity that has come to be made in and by the aftermath of America's single greatest outrage, 9/11, exploited to mindlessly move this society closer to a police state.

The government's case against one man becomes solely a pursuit against both the academic world, the world of art and the rights of all to know from whence and by what manner their very food source comes; even the pseudo science employed in tampering with it genetically. A wake-up call we all need that touches upon every right we increasingly only presume to have.

That a group of learned professionals, utilizing their own artistic talents, scholarly knowledge base and friendship as colleagues could put together such a talented art exhibition so incredibly poignant to the social and health concerns of their audience would obviously draw the concerns of the powers that be, the kind of elite that own Monsanto.

In the end we do not know the designs of this most dubious actionable effort of government against its people was early-on instrumented. We do not know this, but we come to suspect it.

The laudable performance of the talented and hauntingly beautiful Tilda Swinton, the superb choice of casting Thomas Jay Ryan in the lead role, and the participation and obvious concern of Peter Coyote are wonderful extra attractions. Writer/director, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, has done far more than a successful job. To attest to this is the placement of a scene in which a group of grad students in a class are asked, "does anyone know about the McCarthy Era?" When no one replies, we immediately know the utter importance of this film.

JCH


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why reenactment? forgether
UK Release date? hollytorious
Saw this today at AFI Film Fest in LA utterchaos2
Buffalo? frisky5000
Discuss Strange Culture (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?