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Occasionally, and surprisingly, the man seems prepared to laugh at himself: one of the few unexpected features in an otherwise profoundly depressing and exploitative film.
The film is virtually a self-portrait -- both terrifying and sorrowful.
Idi Amin Dada is not a particularly good documentary, but it's often a fascinating one.
An interesting but disappointingly facile look at a man who was both a symptom and the source of unspeakable genocide.
It's an illuminating examination of the egotism behind evil. Given a blank canvas, Amin can only create a self-portrait that is of a brutal and ugly monster yearning to be loved, painted devilish red and dripping with the blood of the innocent.
General Idi Amin Dada is still evocative because it is still bizarre.
Schroeder's film hypnotically transmits horrific humour and intelligence in an effective manner.
'Knowing how ruthless and psychotic General Idi Amin Dada is makes Schroeder's documentary all the more compelling.
A fascinating historical document and an absurd portrait of fascist power run amok.
a fascinating and unnerving look at a mass murderer playing the role of the good leader
[font=Century Gothic]"General Idi Amin Dada" is the 1974 documentary that Forest Whitaker watched in order to hone his performance for "The Last King of Scotland." It is ironic because the movie consists almost entirely of the dictator giving a performance in front of a courageous camera crew hoping to[/font] [font=Century Gothic]expose Amin for the monster he is.(The documentary was filmed when it was known about some of his crimes but the true depth of the horrors of Amin's reign would not be known for a few years yet.) What they do get on tape is him making antisemitic(as would Nixon at about the same time) and anti-Israel statements. A couple of years later this philosophy of hatred would be behind his reasoning for harboring a hijacked airliner which would be condemned internationally.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]In this documentary, there is a great deal of footage of General Amin reviewing his troops and very little of his ruling philosophy, if he ever had one. He claims to be a revolutationary but neither capitalist or communist. Revolutions always cause a huge amount of damage, so it is best to have a plan what the new society will look like when starting out. One cannot uproot a society haphazardly as Amin did when he evicted Uganda's Asian population overnight, destroying Uganda's economy in the bargain.[/font]
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