Bisbee '17 Reviews

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 1, 2018
It would be enough for any documentary to tell this piece of hushed-up history, but Bisbee '17 is onto something more radical; watching it is like witnessing the defusing of a time bomb from a foot away.
September 27, 2018
An interesting if unfulfilling documentary experiment...
September 25, 2018
Greene has made a hard movie to argue with, even as he invites you to do exactly that.
September 11, 2018
In some respects "Bisbee '17" serves as a kind of therapy for the town. But it's still difficult material.
September 10, 2018
Greene's movie... grows into an adventurous exercise in drama-documentary; what could have seemed arch or awkward is handled with grace and tact, and there is even a song.
Top Critic
September 6, 2018
Like many arty contemporary documentaries, Bisbee '17 is rather theatrical. But that's reasonable in this case...
September 6, 2018
There's no denying that Bisbee '17 has some moments of deep elegiac power or, for that matter, that Greene's ambition is boundless.
Top Critic
September 5, 2018
Remembering the past is not enough to prevent its recurrence. It has to be kept alive.
September 5, 2018
The sheer audacity and originality of the exercise makes it a must-see, regardless of what you might think of the success or failure of any particular choice.
September 4, 2018
Like all of Greene's films, it's more of a cannily controlled meditation than a traditional attempt at semi-objective portraiture, deliberately blurring the line between documentation and performance.
September 4, 2018
Even though "Bisbee '17" depicts a wholesome and harmonious community undertaking, it is a profoundly haunted and haunting film.
September 4, 2018
The director purposefully pulls us this way and that, weaving cinematic spells and then yanking us out of them; as viewers, we are both inside and outside the story.
July 27, 2018
It's a shameful episode that Greene contends has never been properly acknowledged in the town... It's a good story, but despite his command of camera, music and mood, the film plays a little like a protracted rehearsal for a cosplay re-enactment.
March 29, 2018
The film is rich and multifaceted, as Greene employs an array of styles (historical reenactments, direct cinema-style portraiture, musical numbers) to investigate the complex relationship between Bisbee's past and present.
January 27, 2018
In "Bisbee '17," Greene peels the layers of oblivion off history like so many layers of paint.
January 22, 2018
A bracing documentary that blends fiction and reality in ways that both complicate and enhance the material's core themes.
January 22, 2018
[Greene's] intense focus on individuals can feel limiting in terms of the overall truth-and-reconciliation dynamic, but it also leads to some powerful moments. And the story's contemporary resonance couldn't be clearer.
January 22, 2018
The result is a singularly American riff on The Act of Killing, a fascinating and dream-like mosaic that's less driven by residual anger than by cockeyed concern, less interested in exhuming the past than in revealing its value to the present.