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Blood In The Face (Hate Groups/First Run Features)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Film: B



Released in 1991 and made at the tail end of The Cold War, the Anne Bohlen/Kevin Rafferty/James Ridgeway documentary Blood In The Face continues to be a chilling, disturbing, bold, thorough and enduring record of hate groups at the end of the original Reagan/Bush years and how they turned out to be a chilling forecast of things to come.  A new wave of fascism that has done nothing but grow, especially in the 2000s.


going boldly into the various organized camps of the White Supremacy movement with interviewers including no less than ever-controversial filmmaker Michael Moore, we hear about the “evils” of “interracial breeding” and how the Holocaust was a “hoax” by the usual revisionists, a “race war” arriving any day now and the usual end of the world rhetoric from the still-hanging-in-there Klu Klux Klan, an ultra-Right Wing organization simply called The Order, The American Nazi Party, Aryan Nation and more who have a very twisted, distorted, illogical view of the world and yes, they just have it out for anyone Jewish and blame them for everything.


Even when it is apparent they have never met any Jews or have (really don’t want to have) any idea about anything Jewish anyhow.  Sixteen years later, the fact that some of these ideas have actually been mainstreamed by the media unchallenged and some of them have even become part of the Republican platform is no wonder more young people are increasingly, explicitly wearing clothes, writing about and talking about ideas against Fascism.


That all involved had the nerve to go into the heart of evil where these individuals (whatever individuality they have left) gather and conduct these interviews is amazing.  You wonder most appropriately if violence will break out at any minute aimed at the camera crew.  These are some sick, angry people and the rise of their sentiments make seeing or seeing Blood In The Face again a screening to put on your list.


The 1.33 X 1 image is an old analog transfer of what looks to be a good 16mm shoot.  Depth is flat, color aged and print flaws apparent throughout, though a new print and transfer would not have these flaws.  Hope this gets an HD transfer next time.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also a few generations down, with its dated location audio, but the hate and stupidity comes through loud and clear.  Extras only include trailers for five other First Run DVD releases related to the subject of politics.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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