CSA - The Confederate States Of America details
|Starring:||Shaun Toub, Ryan L., Ryan L. Carroll, Charles Frank, Sean Blake, Rupert Pate, Rhonda Stubbins-White, Gloria Stuart, Jeris Poindexter|
CSA - The Confederate States Of America
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Nov 2006|
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compulsory viewingBy aneurin (19 reviews) from Oxford , 25 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Throughout, the satire is incredibly close to the bone, and all the better for it. It should alarm anyone that all the archive footage this fictional documentary uses is in fact real, including scenes of black slaves penned with cattle and vicious police brutality meted out to black rioters. That this alternative history seems so alien and yet is so recognisable eloquently makes the films many points about contemporary America.
The makers are clearly aware of how the documentary genre can disable our critical faculties, with experts wheeled out to make prosaic statements sound grave and important, irrespective of how ludicrous they are. This is certainly an important corrective to the Michael Moore School of documentary-making where truth becomes malleable and subject to some fairly wacky political views.
For the first time ever, I actually sat through the whole DVD commentary in which the director explains a lot of the history behind his alternative version and his reasons for shaping his counter-factual as he did. This constitutes almost a film in itself, and is well worth a look.
In all, a highly intelligent and often darkly amusing take on American society, politics and history. Seeing one interviewee after another blithely accept slavery and show off-hand disregard for the idea of abolition should make us think carefully about the ideas that are our own golden calves.
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Not bad.By Jill from St Helens , 22 Mar 2007I think this would have worked better as a 2-part 'documentary' than a feature film, partly due to the production values and partly because of the level of concentration required to keep up with an interesting idea executed in a fairly dry manner. Having said that, the 'history' experts are very good, as are the spoof ads. Kept my interest but would probably have been appreciated more by American viewers.
Not as good as I hopedBy Dean62 (38 reviews) from Cardiff , 22 Mar 2007An interesting concept let down by amateurish execution. It still succeeded in showing that, no matter how scary you think the current USA is, it could have been a lot worse. Some mildly amusing bits but I don't think that was the point.
The most interesting/most scary part is at the end when they show that the adverts shown during the program are actually based on real things, some of which were still on sale until very recently.
CSA? Can Seem Awful?By a customer from North Shields, England , 08 Mar 2007To an american brought up on the history of their country the divergence must be striking. To someone unfamiliar with the detail, me, it quickly became tedious and, obviously, well-meaning......but not watchable.
Sporadic satireBy a customer from Wantage , 05 Mar 2007Well crafted in places and entertainingly satirical in others with some truly shocking moments (a blacked-up Abe Lincoln as depicted by DW Griffith is an early eyebrow-raiser). Doesn't really sustain momentum over the whole film's length, however.
InterestingBy kewalaka (4 reviews) from Didcot , 28 Feb 2007A very interesting what if documentary style film, the detractors I would imagine expected an action flick, and didn't expect to have to think. Well worth seeing.
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