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Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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A gay African-American man returns to his small Louisiana hometown and finds himself forced to face old demons in this thought-provoking drama from director Kyle Schickner. When William (Kent Faulcon), a successful New York lawyer, hears that his boyhood friend has been lynched, he returns home to see the killers face justice. But he's shocked to find the blatant racism and homophobia he ran away from years ago still have a strong hold.

Sep 19, 2006

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0)

Good, if unremarkable.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In his excellent documentary, also called Strange Fruit, filmmaker Joel Katz takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called 'one of ten songs that changed the world.'

January 8, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.

December 19, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Polished, well-structured film.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An absorbing documentary.

November 6, 2002
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Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's a talking head documentary, but a great one.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

"Strange Fruit"...should be mandatory viewing by all students old enough to understand the meaning and importance of the haunting song.

February 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Katz uses archival footage, horrifying documents of lynchings, still photographs and charming old reel-to-reel recordings of Meeropol entertaining his children to create his song history, but most powerful of all is the song itself

February 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Though only 60 minutes long, the film is packed with information and impressions.

January 10, 2003
Reel.com

Provocatively enlightens us on the fascinating origins and social convulsions created by the song Strange Fruit, and its profound connection to the progressive movements of the last century.

November 28, 2002 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

Katz's documentary doesn't have much panache, but with material this rich it doesn't need it.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The only mystery in this film is how it made it past the story boards.
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