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Born in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 3 November 1983 (Australia)
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, it presents a dystopia in which the issues of many groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are dealt with by the government.

Director:

Lizzie Borden

Writers:

Lizzie Borden (screenplay), Ed Bowes (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Honey Honey ... Honey
Adele Bertei Adele Bertei ... Isabel
Jean Satterfield Jean Satterfield ... Adelaide Norris
Florynce Kennedy Florynce Kennedy ... Zella (as Flo Kennedy)
Becky Johnston Becky Johnston ... Newspaper Editor
Pat Murphy Pat Murphy ... Newspaper Editor
Kathryn Bigelow ... Newspaper Editor
Hillary Hurst Hillary Hurst ... Leader of Women's Army Hillary Hurst
Sheila McLaughlin Sheila McLaughlin ... Other Leader
Marty Pottenger Marty Pottenger ... Other Leader / Woman at Site
Lynne Jones Lynne Jones ... Other Leader
Ron Vawter ... FBI Agent
John Coplans John Coplans ... Chief
John Rudolph John Rudolph ... TV Newscaster
Warner Schreiner ... TV Newscaster
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups - minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists - are ostensibly dealt with by the government, and yet there are still problems with jobs, with gender issues, with governmental preference and violence. In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man - and many women - ever imagined in their lifetimes. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Near the end of the film, the beginning of a TV news broadcast is abruptly interrupted by a message from the Women's Army. The opening animation for the news broadcast was the one used for New York TV station WNEW-TV (now WNYW), channel 5. See more »

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Woman at Induction: Why we call it army? I thought army was for the men.
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Newtown
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written by Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt, Ari Up, Palmolive
performed by The Slits
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I didn't especially enjoy this but it does have impressive energy and drive
2 July 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Made over six years between 1977-83, this film reminded me strongly of the films labelled the No Wave. These were underground lo-fi movies made primarily in New York in the late 70's / early 80's. They often had political messages and were uncompromisingly uncommercial. I'm not sure but I would think that Lizzie Borden's feature Born in Flames must surely qualify as one, as this is a wilfully challenging and direct bit of underground cinema which is a rallying cry to women generally. It has a sci-fi premise. In the near future, America is celebrating the tenth anniversary of a socialist revolution but despite this, many issues remain the same, such as racism, homophobia and sexism. A militant group called the Women's Army have been formed, they take direct action to fight for women's rights. Their leader is arrested for a minor offense and mysteriously dies in custody in prison, leading to further revolution.

I'll come out and admit it straight away that I didn't fully enjoy this one. Not on ideological grounds but merely because I did not find the film fully engaging due to its fragmented experimental presentation. Having said that, I do respect what it was doing and it does have an unmistakable energy to it which I found interesting. It's clearly low-budget as underground films always are but it definitely has ambition for sure. It takes the form of a pseudo-documentary and mixes in some real news footage in with staged material. The actors are all amateur but this does ensure the feel remains more radical and less watered down. It focuses on feminist politics primarily and it does have to be said that many of the issues discussed still exist today so it does still have a relevance in terms of what it is saying. I also enjoyed the punk soundtrack which had a sort of proto riot grrrl feel to it. So, while I cannot pretend to have fully engaged with this one, I do respect it and admit it has a certain unique feel.


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