American Anarchist

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A documentary look into the life of William Powell, the author of the controversial counter-culture manual The Anarchist Cookbook. After finding religion years later, Powell now advocates against his book, which was originally published in 1971. Directed by Charlie Siskel.

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  • If this had been a short documentary made by a filmmaker with some scruples, then there could have been a work worthy of its subject.

    March 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • [Powell] comes off as a tragic figure: a teacher haunted by his most spectacular lesson, and a man of learning who, where his own guilt was concerned, took care not to learn too much.

    April 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Siskel's movie - flawed, somewhat limited but never dull - makes Powell eat his words and then, in metaphorical terms, write the restaurant review.

    April 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • American Anarchist makes the interesting choice of saving Powell's difficult childhood for the end, and while it was tragic, most people with difficult childhoods didn't go on to write books about how to make bombs.

    March 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing film about an infuriating man.

    March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "American Anarchist" is an interesting look at accountability on several different levels.

    March 24, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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