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Strange Fruit Reviews

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Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

It's a talking head documentary, but a great one.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 4/4

March 25, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Good, if unremarkable.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

February 19, 2003
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

February 16, 2003
Pam Grady

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

| Original Score: 4/4

January 10, 2003
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.'

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 19, 2002
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

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November 28, 2002
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2002
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Polished, well-structured film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 6, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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An absorbing documentary.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2002
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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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.

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November 5, 2002
Dennis Harvey
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Michael Szymanski
March 12, 2005
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003

Boston Phoenix
February 19, 2003
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