Bisbee '17 Reviews

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August 5, 2019
A fierce and timely work, haunted by the sins of America's past that echo the atrocities of its present.
June 1, 2019
Just whose America is this?
May 29, 2019
When a film takes a moment in history previously unknown to most and turns it into a riveting, compelling film that breaks all bounds of what we think we know about documentaries, you've got a winner on your hands.
May 28, 2019
As a collective conceptual art project, Bisbee '17 is stirring in its ambition and cathartic in its results.
May 15, 2019
Bisbee '17 is a compelling story told in a format that doesn't quite work.
March 25, 2019
One of the best films so far this year: a powerful meditation on art's transformative abilities, as well as a sobering reminder that in any conflict, it's the victors who usually write the official history.
March 2, 2019
Topical and urgent.
December 5, 2018
The play between past and present political predicaments of immigration, unionisation and corporate corruption piercingly resonate thanks to Greene's ingenious sense of staging...
November 18, 2018
The Deportation seemed to disappear from town history. It was rarely mentioned. Even today residents don't really talk of the Deportation. It is a town that can keep a secret.
October 30, 2018
Bisbee '17 speaks to the stakes of local history and amateur genealogy for places and people that are twinkling out of living memory.
October 29, 2018
Robert Greene has created a thoughtful and sprawling documentary about facing up to the past by walking in the shadow of history.
October 29, 2018
I was moved to tears, a rarity for me. It's closing passages are so exceptionally well-handled that one might actually forget they're watching a documentary recreation.
October 26, 2018
Bisbee '17 is the rare documentary that also succeeds as a provocative cinematic statement.
October 26, 2018
The unorthodox methods of "Bisbee '17" conjure up the past in a powerful and cathartic way.
October 24, 2018
A fascinating exercise in nonfiction filmmaking as a performative, interdisciplinary, collective act, as well as a provocative inquiry into how selective memory, ideology, shame and unspeakable trauma shape what we come to accept as official history.
October 19, 2018
The film's epic canvas fuses a procedural documentary with tableaux that wouldn't be out of place in a horror western.
October 17, 2018
Though it sometimes trades detail for its tricksy gimmick, Robert Greene's new doc is a chilling slice of untold American history.
October 16, 2018
Bisbee '17 is fascinating because it represents a leap forward in the perfection of the filmmaker's style.
October 5, 2018
Art, even of the amateur variety, has that singular power to transform hearts and minds, and that's what we get to witness here.
October 4, 2018
With more intimate documentaries like Kate Plays Christine and Kati With an I, director Robert Greene has always found space for enigma in motivation, in a lack of resolution: Bisbee '17 cannot afford such space.
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