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IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA

USA, 1982 (MIFF 1983)

Director: Emile de Antonio

" King of Prussia " is the name of a General Electric nuclear plant near Philadelphia, and in a way, the connotation of the militaristic regime that the name evokes, is not far from reality. In September 1980, eight Catholic pacifists, who became known as the Plowshare 8, entered the GE plant, damaged two nuclear missile nose-cones, then poured blood on weapons parts. Emile de Antonio had planned to film the following trial, but when the judge refused to give the necessary permission, he decided to stage a courtroom drama by condensing 1300 pages of trial transcripts into a 70-page film script.

The defendants play themselves, while actor Martin Sheen portrays the judge. Despite a shooting time of only two days (the eight couldn't take more days off before going to jail) In the King of Prussia is a moving and eloquent testament to a courageous direct action.

Originally shot on videotape, then transferred to 35mm stock. The resulting visuals are remarkable.

See also...

IN THE YEAR OF THE PIG

USA, 1967
The director of Point of Order (about the TV hearings of Joe McCarthy and the Un-American Activities Committee) and Rush to Judgment (based on Mark Lane's post -: mortem of the Kennedy assassination)… More »

MILLHOUSE

USA, 1971
Film-maker Emile de Antonio sets out, in what has been described as documentary "white-comedy", to confront one of the most treasured illusions of American society: blind faith in the democratic char… More »

UNDERGROUND

USA, 1975
Underground, made by three film-makers, producer Emile de Antonio, editor Mary Lampson, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler, has been described as 'an anthology of the left'. It includes interviews wi… More »

RESIDENT ALIEN

USA, 1990
Marginal victim, superstar, homosexual icon, dandy; which ever way you wish to describe him, Quentin Crisp remains one of the greatest and most fascinating British inventions of the last millenium. D… More »

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