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American Anarchist (2017)

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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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[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…

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…

Unnerving ...

March 23, 2017 | Full Review…

"American Anarchist" makes for unsatisfying viewing, although it's possible it couldn't have been otherwise.

March 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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