The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
Co-directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, a documentary on Lennon’s life post-Beatles to his murder in 1980. The film focuses particular attention on his relationship with Yoko Ono and their activities and influence as peace activists.
According to the documentary, after the Beatles broke up John Lennon never again performed for money that was not projected at one cause or another. About 20 years after his death, almost 300 pages of FBI files were released detailing the US government’s battle to silence and subdue Lennon. The film documents a four and a half year Immigration struggle directed at Lennon’s deportation as ordered by the Nixon administration.
Interviewees in the film include activist Angela Davis, writer/historian Gore Vidal, broadcaster Geraldo Rivera, Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers and Walter Cronkite. The DVD featurettes provide noteworthy commentary drawing parallels between the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq today, and emphasizing the significance of John’s legacy, perhaps even more necessary and relevant now than in the 60’s and 70’s.
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- Acting NA
- Visuals A-
- Originality/Innovation B+
- Enjoyability B+
- Overall B+
- DVD Extras A-