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Cracker Crazy: Invisible Histories of the Sunshine State (2007)

Renegade filmmaker Georg Koszulinski takes on Florida's history from a decidedly different point of view. Blending archival and original footage, he brings to life a cast of historical ... See full summary »

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Renegade filmmaker Georg Koszulinski takes on Florida's history from a decidedly different point of view. Blending archival and original footage, he brings to life a cast of historical characters spanning over 12,000 years, from Florida's ancient Indians to the migrant farm workers of the 21st century. Meet Osceola and the Seminoles, who fought alongside escaped slaves in the most costly Indian War in American History. Unmask Florida's Ku Klux Klan and don't forget about Walt Disney and Henry Flagler - perhaps the two characters most responsible for the Florida we know today. Written by Anonymous

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All histories are invisible histories, some are just more invisible than others.


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Sunshine on a Rainy Day
19 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a chance to see 'Cracker Crazy' a little while ago. Wow! The concept of turning state histories upside down is wonderful, and should be repeated many times over. How wonderful would it be if every state had one? A bruising metaphor for all the slime, corruption, and overall negligent behavior that just gets swept under the rug by the powers that be, so that the sun can beat down even harder, Florida is the perfect place to start.

Director Georg Koszulinski creates a tempting pastiche of footage old and new, layered with languorous music that nearly turn this documentary into the equivalent of a postcard. The information presented, though, paints a different story. (Who ever knew that Walt Disney was a Nazi-lover?)

Aesthetically pleasing in its own subversive way, 'Cracker Cracker' also manages to cram in some rather slighting information. While at some points this can mean a lot of text, the history is there - often ugly, a bit jading, and damn unsettling, but something you can nonetheless hum along to.


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