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Berkeley in the Sixties [DVD] [1990]

Release Date:12/10/2002
Mark Kitchell's award-winning documentary on the rise of political activism on the West Coast in the 1960's is given a solid presentation on DVD. Berkeley In The Sixties has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The film has been enriched with a variety of bonus features, including additional archival material, interviews not included in the original release of the film, a gallery of historic photographs, and the film's original theatrical trailer.

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    Special Features

    • Archival gems
    • Deleted scenes
    • Archival photo gallery
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Trailer gallery
    • Chapters
    • Newly remastered


    Berkeley in the Sixties
    Berkeley in the Sixties takes a fond, if not always loving, look back at the epicenter of leftist political activism during the seventh decade of the 20th century. The free speech movement caught national attention in 1964 when the University of California tried to suppress activists distributing literature and making speeches in an outdoor plaza on campus. On December 3, Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown ordered the arrest of demonstrators who had occupied the University's Sproul Hall; over 1,500 protestors were taken into custody in what was then the largest mass arrest in U.S. history. The escalation of the Vietnam War kept the winds of dissent blowing in Berkeley, and TV coverage of the 1964 demonstrations and subsequent clashes with the police fueled similar protests on other campuses. Off-campus, Berkeley was also home to a strong chapter of the Black Panther Party, which offered a more violent alternative to the established civil rights organizations. Vintage clips of the demonstrations and official reactions to them from Brown and his successor, Ronald Reagan, are supplemented by contemporary interviews with activists and observers who offer both reminiscences of and perspectives on the period. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Mario Savio
    • Joan Baez
      Joan Baez
    • Allen Ginsberg
      Allen Ginsberg
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      Bobby Seale
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      Barry Melton

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