Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Born in Flames|
Actors: Honey (II), Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy, Becky Johnston
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian
Set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution, Born In Flames is a comic fantasy of female rebellion. When Adelaide Norris, the founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a seemingly impossible co... more »
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kbrienz | Richmond, va United States | 03/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you call yourself a feminist and haven't seen this movie you should be ashamed of yourself. It is smart, fun, exciting, and powerful. The film also highlights most of the threads of feminist thought going on during the 60's-70's and contrasts them nicely through the main character's discussions. Feminist/socialist/futurology what could be better!"
PolarisDiB | Southwest, USA | 06/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never, ever believed anyone would release this movie on DVD. Having seen it in a film class and hoping I'd maybe find a run-down VHS copy to have if I could ever get around to it, I was very, very surprised to go into work today and see it sitting so happily in the new arrivals section. I bought it immediately, before I even clocked on.
I can't comment on the quality of the disc quite yet, as I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, but the wonderful thing about this movie is that a bad transfer, although still a nuisance, can kind of add to its griminess. This movie is very documentary-esque in the sense that it looks like its shot on film taped together from single frames, early neo-realism style. Except what sets this film apart from the type of films that look like they were shot on somebody's parents' videocamera is that it's really well written, and the grime fits the tone.
It is ten years after the "Second American Revolution," and the leader of the Women's Army mysteriously dies... setting off women across the nation to take down The System. Honestly, this movie makes one think that they must have missed something while sleeping through classes.... "Second American Revolution? When did that happen?" It's plausible enough.
A few images might seem dated, but I think they only increase the symbolic effect. Stuff like the World Trade Center... very powerful symbol today. And the way the film analyzes the media and its use is very important to. On many fronts, in many ways, and in many senses this is a brilliant movie, one that just gets better the longer one takes to sit back and think, "Huh, crazy, that makes a lot of sense." Above all, it's visionary, pointing out the problems with feminism itself as well as promoting it.