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Great Speeches from a Dying World

Great Speeches from a Dying World (2007)

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With Great Speeches from a Dying World, documentarist Linas Phillips evokes the despair of the Seattle homeless with an unusual approach. He tells ten individual stories of disenfranchised persons, and then underscores the plight of each by having him or her recite an iconic speech from history that reflects on the difficulty of his or her experiences. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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The film's success in giving the voiceless a platform balances out Phillips's more precocious and pretentious flourishes.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Great Speeches From a Dying World is an unsettling documentary portrait gallery of nine homeless people living on the streets of Seattle.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In a sense, Phillips's mission is a variation on the tradition of semi-orchestrated socially conscious documentary that stretches back through Lionel Rogosin's On the Bowery and beyond.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A moving portrait of homelessness that's honest, respectful, heartbreaking yet warmhearted, and brimming with humanity.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Doesn't solve the issue of homelessness, but at least it captivates your heart by humanizing homeless people and by giving them a voice.

February 14, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Grounds the life-and-death struggles of the downtrodden in the quotidian: where to sleep, how to get clean, who to love.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This gritty, unflinching documentary by Linas Phillips traces the misfortunes of 10 of Seattle's hard-core homeless over a period of a year.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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