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Soundtrack For A Revolution (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Soundtrack for a Revolution takes a look at the American civil rights movement, focusing on the role that music -- spirituals and protest songs -- played, as the backdrop and the inspiration for the pickets, sit-ins, and demonstrations of the turbulent era. Directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, whose previous documentary looked at the Japanese Army's atrocities against the Chinese people in Nanking, here blend images from the time and interviews with participants with new footage of

Sep 28, 2010

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2)

The contemporary music sequences are a distraction from the heart of the movie: truly astounding archival footage of speeches, marches, and demonstrations.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Soundtrack may very well be the finest, broad history on film of the Southern Freedom Movement years as measured from the Montgomery bus boycott (beginning in 1955) to the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968).

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An elegantly crafted new documentary.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Tthe film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Essentially a condensed, lightly airbrushed, skillfully assembled history of the civil rights movement, with musical interludes.

January 22, 2010
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Whether you lived through the civil rights movement or not, the Danny Glover-produced, marvelously musical "Soundtrack for a Revolution" will leave you deeply moved and humming.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
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The songs are rousing, but it takes more than a soundtrack to make a revolution.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Puts a fresh spin on an important chapter in American history.

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

On a practical level, the music is a helpful entry point into some of the most shameful chapters in American history.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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An incredibly moving experience to watch the struggles everyone went through, all framed by the protest songs of the time and what they represented to those in the trenches.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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It's the clips of early television broadcast reportage -- along with the emotional memories of those who participated, that still move one to tears, awe and pride.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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