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Woody Guthrie: This Machine Kills Fascists
Woody Guthrie This Machine Kills Fascists
Actors: Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, Harold Leventhal, Pete Seeger, Nora Guthrie
Director: Stephen Gammond
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary
NR     2008     2hr 40min

This film chronicles the life and achievement of Woody Guthrie, the most important folk/protest singer of his generation, whose significance today can be measured by the pantheon of artists including Bob Dylan, Bruce Sprin...  more »


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Actors: Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie, Harold Leventhal, Pete Seeger, Nora Guthrie
Director: Stephen Gammond
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Other Music, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Snapper UK
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 08/22/2005
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Could have been better
Dave Essel | on the web | 08/30/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this DVD, prompted by a positive review in Mojo magazine. However, in my view it's a waste of money.
The 2-hour plus DVD has been put together as a production for MTV-brained folk with a 15-second attention span: not one song is played in full and the interviews are lightweight reminiscences.
On the positive side there are nice period newsreel excerpts and period stills and some talk. However, even these items are kept brief, presumably to match the 15-second attention span the producers condescendingly think is the most a viewer is capable of.
People interested in Woody Guthrie are not like that!"
This machine created a huge legacy
Jay Pfeiffer | Quincy, Florida | 09/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a fan of Woody Guthrie since the days of the "folk revival". I have had high regard for his written musings and have followed renditions of his music since his own recordings to the Billy Bragg/Wilco disks. I was travelng a few months ago and heard an excellent review of a Bob Dylan exhibition sponsored by "No Depression". I was particularly interested in Dylan's early visits to the master while he was in the hospital. Indirectly, this review lead me to the "This Machine Kills Facists" DVD. I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh look at the life and legend of Woody Guthrie and recommend it to all with an interest in his music and background. I would like to see a follow-up that focuses on his legacy - his influences on the music we hear today and will continue to hear in the future."
Interesting documentary
Sven Erick Alm | Uppsala, Sweden | 01/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"in particular the many interviews, especially with Guthrie's daughter Nora Lee.
I was disappointed by the musical content and the special features."