Strange Victory (Blu-ray)
Directed by Leo Hurwitz
In response to the political paranoia and repression that spread like wildfire after World War II, producer Barney Rosset and director Leo Hurwitz joined forces. This underrated, bold documentary emulates the visual poetry of Battleship Potemkin and I am Cuba by skillfully combining raw footage of World War II battles, postwar refugees, and the Nuremberg trials with powerful dramatic re-enactment to depict racial bias on and off the battlefield. STRANGE VICTORY is a cry for equality and justice, promptly branded as “procommunist” propaganda upon release, finally returned to home cinema in newly restored 2K for another chance to show off what made the film ahead of its time.
Blu-ray Extras Include:
- 2K restoration of Strange Victory by Metropolis Post and Milestone from the original 35mm nitrate fine grain master.
- Leo Hurwitz’s stunning 1964 epilogue to Strange Victory celebrating Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.
- Leo Hurwitz speaking about Strange Victory, courtesy of Ingela Romare, from her 1992 film, On Time, Art, Love, and Trees: A Meeting with Leo T. Hurwitz.
- Barney Rosset speaking about Strange Victory, courtesy of CUNY TV City Cinemathequeand interviewer Jerry Carlson.
- Six amazing films from Hurwitz’s years as a member of the Worker’s Film and Photo League and Nykino, Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
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