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Star Spangled to Death
Anthology Film Archives

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Starring Jack Smith, Jerry Sims, Gib Taylor, Bill Carpenter, Cecilia Swan, Laurie Taylor, Bob Fleischner, Reese Haire, Jim Enterline, and Ken Jacobs

An epic film costing hundreds of dollars! An antic hurdle-course collage combining found-film materials with my own more-or-less staged filming. It is a social-critique picturing a stolen and dangerously sold-out America, allowing examples of popular culture to self-indict. (Anthology Film Archives)

GENRE(S): Documentary  
DIRECTED BY: Ken Jacobs  
RELEASE DATE: Theatrical: May 21, 2004 
RUNNING TIME: 400 minutes, Color 

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Village Voice J. Hoberman
As a work of art, Star Spangled to Death has as much in common with the Watts Towers or the Barnes Foundation as with cinema as we know it; still, its theatrical run is most likely the movie event of the year.
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The New York Times Dave Kehr
Whether or not this is the final version of Star Spangled to Death (Mr. Jacobs is a youthful 70, with plenty of time for further modifications), it stands as a rare living, breathing example of American avant-garde filmmaking, a species unfortunately well on its way to extinction.
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Chicago Reader Jonathan Rosenbaum
Semi-indigestible by design, this nonetheless steadily builds in political and historical resonance.
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Vote Now!The average user rating for this movie is 9.5 (out of 10) based on 2 User Votes
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Christopher J. gave it a 10:
A rare work of art incorporating boredom, pain, and joy as experiences. Astoundingly alive, a true people's history of the last fifty years in American consciousness.

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