Times of Harvey Milk [Criterion Collection]

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A documentary portrait of San Francisco's first openly gay politician, city supervisor Harvey Milk, The Times of Harvey Milk might not have been made but for the tragic circumstances of Milk's death. On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former city supervisor who was desperate to regain his post, entered City Hall with a gun and murdered both San Francisco's mayor, George Moscone, and Milk. At the trial, White's lawyer skillfully turned the jury's attention away from his client's public anti-gay statements to focus on White's spotless record and his extremely agitated mental state on the day of the murders. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to a relatively brief jail term, sparking a demonstration and riot by gay supporters of the murdered men. The film considers Milk's accomplishments and his exceptional popularity; this is not an objective look at a man, but a celebration of a martyr. Winner of an Academy award for Best Documentary Feature, The Times of Harvey Milk was released while White was serving his sentence; he was paroled in 1984 and committed suicide the next year. Epstein's other major efforts included the documentaries Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989) (about the AIDS epidemic) and The Celluloid Closet (1995), about images of gay men and women in Hollywood films. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
3/22/11 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 28 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Surround
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • Disc one:
  • Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta
  • Interview clips not used in the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Disc two:
  • New interview with documentary filmmaker Jon Else
  • New program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta
  • Rare collection of audio and video recordings of Milk
  • Excerpts from Epstein's research tapes, featuring Milk partner Scott Smith
  • Footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 academy awards
  • Panel discussion on supervisor Dan White's trial
  • Excerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary commemoration of Milk's and Mayor George Moscone's assassinations
Number of Discs
2

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