I have probably watched it ten times, and I always tear up a little at each viewing. From the beginning newsreel, of a shell-shocked Diane Feinstein announcing the less than hour old murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, to the final reel of Harvey Milk's prophetic and haunting statements, the viewer is mesmerized. Though Harvey Milk was a San Francisco city supervisor, his election in the 's, that of an open and unrepentant gay man, made national headlines.
This is more or less the same story—in some ways the documentary is actually more simplified than the biopic—told with archive footage of the real people and interviews with many of them.
If there is a finer, more moving documentary than this, I have yet to see it. He offers us a fairly straightforward documentary narrative once he passes this attention-grabbing opening. What is remarkable is the cumulative power of the material and the way in which Epstein has put it together to achieve that impact.
The quality and sincerity of his interview subjects help tremendously, as does the narration by Harvey Fierstein, who proved to be the perfect choice for the assignment.
Despite the similarities between the two films, there is a distinct difference in aims. Both are tremendous achievements in their own right, but taken together, they are, if anything, more powerful than either film is alone.
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New Releases. In Theaters. Dec 30, · Barry Z interviews two-time Academy Award winning director Rob Epstein on his award winning documentary of assassinated gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. A very special screening of The Times of Harvey Milk, from director Rob Epstein, will take place on Constellation TV, a new online movie theater platform on Wed, Nov 16 at PM EST.
Director Rob Epstein will be hosting a live Q&A discussion with audience members in Constellation’s virtual movie theater via web-cam. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the US.
This documentary shows newsreel footage and personal interviews to construct a compelling portrait of the turbulent times of Harvey. However, The Times of Harvey Milk is composed of more than just personal reminiscences. One of its great powers as a document of its times is its fluid, dexterous inclusion of archival footage that weaves a concise, but thorough portrait of San Francisco in the tumultuous s and the emergence of an increasingly organized gay rights movement.
The makers of the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk approach their important subject with a keen sense of responsibility. Their intent is to eulogize Harvey Milk but also to keep alive his spirit and the gay rights movement to which he was dedicated.
Director Robert Epstein had been a.