King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis

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Synopsis

King: A Filmed Record...from Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, King: A Filmed Record combines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King's legacy and the American Civil Rights movement. King: A Filmed Record is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history.

Film Info

Release Year: 1970
Running Time: 185
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, KING: A FILMED RECORD...MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

KING was originally presented as a one-night-only special event on March 20, 1970, at an epic length of more than three hours (plus intermission). Since that time, the film has occasionally been circulated in a version shortened by more than an hour. Newly restored by the Library of Congress, in association with Richard Kaplan, and utilizing film elements provided by The Museum of Modern Art, the original version of KING can again be seen in its entirety, mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative.

Admitted to the National Film Registry in 1999, KING is a cinematic national treasure that allows viewers to be first-hand witnesses to Dr. King's crusade, and thereby gain a fuller appreciation of both the personal challenges he endured and the vast cultural legacy he left behind.

U.S. 1970 B&W 181 Min.
1.33:1 (full-frame)
Commonwealth United Corporation
Conceived and Produced by Ely Landau
Associate Producer in charge of production: Richard Kaplan
Music Supervisor: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Guest appearances by Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III, and Joanne Woodward
Guest appearances filmed by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz

© 1970 The Martin Luther King Film Project

Cast

    James Earl Jones (himself)
    Joanne Woodward (herself)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (himself)
    Paul Newman (himself)
    Ruby Dee (herself)

Crew

  • Directed by
  • Produced by Richard Kaplan

Reviews

"Perhaps the most important film documentary ever made. "- The Philadelphia Bulletin

"A piece of history of immense power" -The Los Angeles Times

"Stunning...the events are allowed to speak for themselves."- The New York Times

"When [young people] see this film, they will not only understand it, but will also experience it to the depths of their souls."-The Washington Daily News

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