Blood in the Face (1991)




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Blending archival and interview footage, Blood in the Face is a close-up examination of the emergence of far-right-wing groups in the United States in the early '90s. The film takes its title from the central myth of these groups, that because only whites can blush, only they feel shame, and therefore only they are human. In a series of amazing interviews, members of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party, and the Posse Commitatus reveal the frighteningly over-rationalized logic behind their beliefs. "The Russians and Chinese are amassing tanks at the Mexican border" and "The men behind the Holocaust were Jews" are two of the more preposterous claims recorded by the film. While it's an investigation of the people behind the political power of politicians like David Duke, the film is also a study of how people are overtaken by hate and fear. The result is an essential and powerful documentary.
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Anne Bohlen
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Kevin Rafferty
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James Ridgeway
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Critic Reviews for Blood in the Face

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the filmmakers simply turn on their cameras cinéma vérité style and let their subjects crucify themselves with their stupidity and ridiculousness

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Full Review… | December 31, 1799
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Audience Reviews for Blood in the Face

Made my ears bleed. The Christianity I grew up with said "Love thy neighbor". What is this? Spirituality of hate? Fight ignorance, read a book that doesn't have Hitler's name attached to it. Your pastor's interpretation's of The Bible are leading you astray. Hate is not the way of God. WE ARE ALL HUMAN. Wow. These people need some real guidence.

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FilmGrinder Stone

Documentary outlining the rise of racist groups in the United States in the 90s. Although the film is now a couple of decades old, one can image that these groups are still in operation today. Good messaging that is not terribly dated.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Disturbing, deeply troubling documentary about the white supremacist movement through history up until 1991 (when the film was made). Never have so many pathetic fools appeared together on my TV screen.

Jason Alley
Jason Alley

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