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      Bisbee '17

      Released Sep 5, 2018 2 hr. 4 min. Documentary TRAILER for Bisbee '17: Trailer 1 List
      93% 61 Reviews Tomatometer 61% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Locals stage re-creations of the town's controversial past. Read More Read Less

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      Bisbee '17 offers one town's reckoning with its own history as a compelling argument that the mistakes of the past are truly corrected only when they're faced head on.

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      dave d Bisbee '17 was a 2018 film directed by Robert Greene. Partially documentary and partially acted, it's based on a true story Western. It chronicles the 1917 Bisbee Deportation, 100 years later. This gets a little goofy as the actors often give backgrounds of themselves. Some may call this more of a reenactment, but it's small town theatre acting. There is a lot of information here, but I wanted to know in great detail about the deportations of Americans to other states. Can anyone imagine that this happened 100 years ago. Remarkable. There are bizarre musical numbers which are a gimmick. It's hard to know if it's the documentarians who are paying the actors or if it's the city. Most are locals, but there are a few "professionals" mixed in. It's just kinda lays there. Take it or leave it movie that should have been a lot better with a better narrative structure. Final Score: 6.1/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Very repetitious. The people of Bisbee, AZ have mixed feelings about an illegal, forced emigration in 1917. Again and again and again. Okay, I got it after the first 15 minutes. I was hoping for more history and less current opinion. But then they found a way to get the same current opinion over and over and over. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Different times, only those living during this period know what really happened. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member i thought it was one of the best movies I saw this year. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie is a pathetic attempt to justify rampant racism, rich privilege and environmental destruction in Arizona. The wobblies and abused mine workers are vilified, not explained. This is not a documentary, it is blatant propaganda by a rich family trying to justify past atrocities.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member First the story itself is fascinating—a town’s secret vigilante deportation? The mix of traditional documentary and re-enactment of a shocking event by modern day locals enables us to see residents come to terms with the history of the town that can’t help remind us of current political divisions. The filmmaker takes great care to not chose sides while allowing the town to wrestle with the ghosts of the past. Highly recommend. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/06/18 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mark Asch Film Comment Magazine Bisbee '17 speaks to the stakes of local history and amateur genealogy for places and people that are twinkling out of living memory. Oct 30, 2018 Full Review Ann Hornaday Washington Post A fascinating exercise in nonfiction filmmaking as a performative, interdisciplinary, collective act, as well as a provocative inquiry into how selective memory, ideology, shame and unspeakable trauma shape what we come to accept as official history. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 24, 2018 Full Review Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine The film's epic canvas fuses a procedural documentary with tableaux that wouldn't be out of place in a horror western. Rated: 4/4 Oct 19, 2018 Full Review Vadim Rizov Filmmaker Magazine A lot of the method relies upon scenes in which characters are given a prompt whose successful execution is less the point than the moment when something goes wrong and a revealing moment that couldn’t possibly staged breaks through... Jan 6, 2023 Full Review Jason Adams My New Plaid Pants It's a post-modern sort of spirit photography, as the ectoplasm of the past spews into visibility, possession like, a document of how we're all whether we realize it or not formed out of the molecules of the dead Jul 2, 2021 Full Review Dustin Chang Floating World Greene is not only a good filmmaker but a great teacher. Serrano belongs to the generation which will inherit this country very soon, is awoke. The film deeply affected me deeply on an emotional level. Feb 13, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Locals stage re-creations of the town's controversial past.
      Director
      Robert Greene
      Executive Producer
      Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Davis Guggenheim, Jenny Raskin, Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott, Laurene Powell-Jobs
      Distributor
      4th Row Films
      Production Co
      Doc Society
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 5, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 24, 2019
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $114.6K
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