Ice (1970)

Ice

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Bridging the gap between underground agit-prop and creative independent cinema (as well as blurring the line between drama and mockumentary), Ice is set in an unspecified time in the early '70s, when the United States has become involved in an unpopular war against Mexico (a clear analogy to the Vietnam war) and the Federal Government has stepped up internal security at the expense of individual freedoms. A handful of radical left-wing organizations have formed a loose alliance with the shared … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Robert Kramer
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Critic Reviews for Ice

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The mood is terrorized and often brutal, but the behavioral observations and some of the tenderness periodically call to mind early Cassavetes.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Genuine and admirable.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Village Voice
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The cast is amateur (and wholly anonymous, though you may recognize a few friends and familiar faces), but it is adequate to the moods, frustrations, accommodations and intolerances of the movie.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
New York Times
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A film that has gained hugely with the passage of time.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out
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Its intense desire to honestly tell its story comes through loud and clear.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A muddled and politically confused film from a period known for its muddled and confused politics.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Ice

Ice" is an experimental film set in an alternate United States that is at war with Mexico(or substitute Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. No extra charge) and has clamped down on the civil liberties of its citizens, requiring identity and travel cards and setting curfews. In response, there is an underground political movement that while disavowing terrorism is planning a violent action in concert with other groups. In the meantime, they screen deserters while seeking to educate and recruit others, especially if they happen to be cute women in coffee houses.(To their credit, some also seem just as interested in making love as making war.) As you can imagine, there are grave consequences to getting caught, as I still have no idea where that guy is trying to put that needle...

From its grainy black and white look, "Ice" looks like it was filmed on the fly while making great use of New York City locations, including the old TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport. Throughout, the movie also includes documentary footage, intertitles and one women reading in negative exposure while sitting on the Brooklyn Bridge which I suppose is included because it looks cool(which it does). At the same time, the movie proves being different does not always work out for the best, as it also suffers from slack editing and repetitiveness which hampers the movie's valiant effort to educate the audience.

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