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April 12, 2007

Sacco & Vanzetti

Frees&vposter A long-held cause celebre for leftists the world over, the story of immigrant activists Sacco & Vanzetti is told in Peter Miller’s rote documentary as a reference point for the way immigrants are still mistreated in America. With archive news footage and fresh interviews, Miller fleshes out Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti as two men from different Italian backgrounds set up as "Red Scare" scapegoats for a botched robbery attempt that they most likely had no knowledge of until after their arrest on May 5, 1920. Black-and-white newsreel footage of public protests in Europe and Japan gives context to America’s head-in-the-sand attitude toward the world’s condemnation of the Sacco & Vanzetti trial. Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro add their vocal skills to the film in reading letters the two doomed men wrote.

Not Rated, 81 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)


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