Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Reviews

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August 15, 2004
The sparkle of Zinn, who as a liberal toiling for decades for the common man yet seeing so many of them continue to vote instead for the side that wishes them such ill might be expected to have become embittered, remains as bright and infectious as ever.
August 8, 2004
An example of film editing at its finest: Ellis and Mueller combine archival footage, contemporary interviews, voice-over narration (by Matt Damon) based on Zinn's writing, and music with a skill that can only be borne of thoughtful contemplation.
July 27, 2004
A concise primer that should well satisfy those with a casual interest in his career.
July 23, 2004
It's an excellent introduction to a man whose thoughts on war, peace and dissent have become increasingly influential in ever more confusing times.
July 23, 2004
It's the subject himself, still brimming with passion in his 80s, who provides the most inspiring moments.
July 23, 2004
Deb Ellis and Dennis Mueller's tight and deceptively low-key documentary lets the subject eloquently speak for himself.
July 23, 2004
A nice companion piece to Fahrenheit 9/11, this moving Train will only feed the country's election-year interest in politics.
July 23, 2004
A decently executed but rather formulaic treatment of a life that's been anything but.
July 23, 2004
Mr. Zinn delivers a challenge when he says, 'To be neutral and to be passive is to collaborate with whatever is going on.' Democracy he defines as 'not just a counting-up of votes' but a 'counting-up of actions.'
July 22, 2004
Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
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