Sunday, March 23, 2014

Woody Guthrie: This Machine Kills Fascists (2005)

Stephen Gammond

Runtime: 172 min

"This film chronicles the life and achievement of Woody Guthrie, the most important folk/protest singer of his generation, whose significance today can be measured by the pantheon of artists including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Willie Nelson who acknowledge their debt to him. An exhaustive documentary exploration of one of history's most important, socially conscious folk singers, This Machine Kills Fascists combines rare documentary footage of Guthrie's era with interviews from the artist's friends and family. Weighing in are Pete Seeger, Guthrie's son Arlo and daughter Nora, his friend Jimmy Longhi, and a panel of experts. The program outlines the concerns of the times through Guthrie's music, tracing the origins and meanings of such songs as "Pastures of Plenty," "Pretty Boy Floyd," and "This Land is Your Land."


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