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And yet there are moments in Let It Fall that feel like a significant reframing of the riots, both in terms of what actually happened and in terms of who's really to blame.
[Let it Fall] accomplishes what straightforward nonfiction narrative can do in the best of circumstance.
What makes the astoundingly edited "Let It Fall" so powerful is that it's an oral history, told through many angles: residents, police officers, victims, families of the victims, witnesses, jurors and a host of others.
Not wasting a minute of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, this remarkable documentary echoes O.J: Made in America by examining the Los Angeles riots.
Laying a groundwork of personal testimony and archival assemblage that tells the story of what Ridley calls "the uprising," there's directness when needed, detail (often horrific) when appropriate, and complexity where least expected.
Teeming with acts both heroic and reprehensible, John Ridley's wrenchingly humane documentary, "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992," reveals the Los Angeles riots as the almost inevitable culmination of a decade of heightening racial tensions.
Same hit, different pile
Ridley is thorough as he connects the dots while also getting some incredible interview material.
...the matter-of-fact way that Ridley allows witnesses to the riots detail their personal stories allowed for his film to reach something somewhere in the middle between catharsis and devastation.
Let It Fall runs to nearly two and a half hours but feels much shorter, packing in a lot of information yet moving at a rapid pace.
LET IT FALL: 1982-1992 stands with last year's O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO as a powerful retrospective on the dynamics of United States race relations.
This long documentary (two hours, 24 minutes) takes us back 10 years before the L.A. riots and shows us events which led up to them. The film pays particular attention to the relationships between police, blacks and the Korean American communities.
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