A Filmed Record-- Montgomery to Memphis

Downloadable Video - 1970
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Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, KING: A FILMED RECORD...MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. KING was originally presented as a one-night-only special event on March 20, 1970, at an epic length of more than three hours (plus intermission). Since that time, the film has occasionally been circulated in a version shortened by more than an hour. Newly restored by the Library of Congress, in association with Richard Kaplan, and utilizing film elements provided by The Museum of Modern Art, the original version of KING can again be seen in its entirety, mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative. Admitted to the National Film Registry in 1999, KING is a cinematic national treasure that allows viewers to be first-hand witnesses to Dr. King's crusade, and thereby gain a fuller appreciation of both the personal challenges he endured and the vast cultural legacy he left behind.


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Feb 11, 2015

If fairytales show brutal beatings and unfettered racism, then this compilation of archival footage is indeed Grimm.
Having seen "Selma," I wanted to watch actual footage of Dr. King. In spite of 'poetic' interpolations by performers that add to the film's 3-hours, the power of King's vision, his deep faith and conviction, his strength and intelligence are amazingly present. Those who dismiss non-violent protest may be surprised at the considerable determination and diligence King inspired in the civil rights movement. As becomes evident in footage tracking actions in Selma, Birmingham, Chicago, and Memphis, non-violent protest calls on extreme courage, self-control, discipline, solidarity, and conviction, not to mention strength and stamina. It is anything BUT passive; it is active resistance, forcing oppression to reveal itself for change to occur.
What's more, a generation after King's death in 1968, his words resonate with cumulative power. The images in the film are stark reminders of a near past and not-so-'overcome' present day that includes Ferguson, Oakland (Fruitvale Station), and Staten Island.

Jul 20, 2014

Not surprisingly,this was just another SANITIZED,and extremely epic,but fairy tale account of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.'s life period.If you want the brutally honest truth about his life,SKIP THIS DOCUMENTARY PERIOD,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 27, 2014

This film really tears at your heart and soul. While watching it, I not only mourned King (someone with a shining intellect) but our country's stagnation in so many respects. We're too often defined as consumers, demographic groups, and voting blocks. Instead of bread and circuses, we have reality television. The marchers were so brave. It is touching to watch Jesse Jackson and other marchers act as shields to protect King - one man going as far as to place his hands on King's head to shelter him. King seemed to realize that he was probably going to be killed, yet he continued.


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