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Robert Kramer and John Douglas Robert Kramer and John Douglas
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During the first half of the 1970s, at a vital impasse and while the Vietnam War raged, two filmmakers and leftists Robert Kramer and John Douglas decided to start shooting a film to capture the disappointment and fatigue gripping some of the young Americans of their generation, who opposed the status quo and who were looking for alternative lifestyles. Between documentary and fiction, MILESTONES, its title inspired by a poem by Ho Chi Minh, portrays the life journey of more than 50 characters who are struggling to find their place in the world.

MILESTONES is a lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters - including hippies, farmers, immigrants, Native Americans, and political activists - as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of American life. In intimate discussions of subjects from communal living to parenting, pregnancy to family, Vietnam to Cuba, city life to country life, and the workplace to the bedroom, the film's diverse protagonists negotiate jealousies, relationships, and the logistical challenges of their rapidly changing world.
Shot in vivid color 16mm, using innovative, layered sound design and editing techniques as well as slides and archival footage, Milestones tracks its subjects through scripted and unscripted moments. It follows them as they share their emotions and dreams, their idealism and disillusionment, their triumphs and defeats of the past, as well as the possibilities for the future. - Icarus Films

'[MILESTONES] traverses the entire nation and marks the passing of an era... Kramer's most unforgettable expedition.' - Melissa Anderson, Artforum (2011)

'A monument of committed American cinema.' - Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound

The second of Kramer's films included in this edition ICE can be described, as does Bernard Eisenschitz or Jonathan Rosenbaum, as a science fiction film crossed with the legacies of militant black cinema. An armed group prepares a regional and national attack to overthrow the power. Kramer's camera captures with visceral intensity a vivid and raw portrait of the adventures, frustrations, achievements and losses of this group of fighters who are facing a repressive state trying to undermine their strength.

ICE is an innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime. Using a fictitious war with Mexico as an allegory for the conflict in Vietnam, Kramer uses a documentary style to dramatize the inner workings, disputes and tensions within the group itself as they plan guerrilla attacks against the American government. - Icarus Films

'This potent and grim SF thriller about urban guerrillas of the radical left, shot in the manner of a rough documentary in black and white, has an epic sweep to it... A searing, unnerving history lesson, it's an American counterpart to some of Jacques Rivette's conspiracy pictures, a desperate message found in a bottle.' - JONATHAN ROSENBAUM, THE CHICAGO READER

This DVD contains:
MILESTONES, 1975, 199 min
ICE, 1969, 130 min

During the first half of the 1970s, at a vital impasse and while the Vietnam War raged, two filmmakers and leftists Robert Kramer and John Douglas decided to start shooting a film to capture the disappointment and fatigue gripping some of the young Americans of their generation, who opposed the status quo and who were looking for alternative lifestyles. Between documentary and fiction, MILESTONES, its title inspired by a poem by Ho Chi Minh, portrays the life journey of more than 50 characters who are struggling to find their place in the world.

MILESTONES is a lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters - including hippies, farmers, immigrants, Native Americans, and political activists - as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of American life. In intimate discussions of subjects from communal living to parenting, pregnancy to family, Vietnam to Cuba, city life to country life, and the workplace to the bedroom, the film's diverse protagonists negotiate jealousies, relationships, and the logistical challenges of their rapidly changing world.
Shot in vivid color 16mm, using innovative, layered sound design and editing techniques as well as slides and archival footage, Milestones tracks its subjects through scripted and unscripted moments. It follows them as they share their emotions and dreams, their idealism and disillusionment, their triumphs and defeats of the past, as well as the possibilities for the future. - Icarus Films

'[MILESTONES] traverses the entire nation and marks the passing of an era... Kramer's most unforgettable expedition.' - Melissa Anderson, Artforum (2011)

'A monument of committed American cinema.' - Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound

The second of Kramer's films included in this edition ICE can be described, as does Bernard Eisenschitz or Jonathan Rosenbaum, as a science fiction film crossed with the legacies of militant black cinema. An armed group prepares a regional and national attack to overthrow the power. Kramer's camera captures with visceral intensity a vivid and raw portrait of the adventures, frustrations, achievements and losses of this group of fighters who are facing a repressive state trying to undermine their strength.

ICE is an innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime. Using a fictitious war with Mexico as an allegory for the conflict in Vietnam, Kramer uses a documentary style to dramatize the inner workings, disputes and tensions within the group itself as they plan guerrilla attacks against the American government. - Icarus Films

'This potent and grim SF thriller about urban guerrillas of the radical left, shot in the manner of a rough documentary in black and white, has an epic sweep to it... A searing, unnerving history lesson, it's an American counterpart to some of Jacques Rivette's conspiracy pictures, a desperate message found in a bottle.' - JONATHAN ROSENBAUM, THE CHICAGO READER

This DVD contains:
MILESTONES, 1975, 199 min
ICE, 1969, 130 min

Extras

62 page booklet (in Spanish) with texts by Robert Kramer, John Douglas, Jean-Pierre and Fran Benavente.

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 8436040100653
Year 1969-75 (DVD 2010)
Director Kramer , Robert; Douglas, John
Format DVD
Publisher(s) intermedio
Countries USA
Colour Colour + B&W
Sound Sound
Subtitles French, Spanish
Language(s) English
Running time 327 mins
Certificate N/a

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