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Strange Victory

1948

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  • The version of STRANGE VICTORY that comes down to us is almost completely silent on questions of gender, and its argument is immeasurably poorer for that. These failures of imagination actually make STRANGE VICTORY all the more instructive, essential, and moving today: watching it, you viscerally understand the tragedy of the postwar American left and the inherent insufficiency of the coalition its stalwarts dreamt of building. It's an hour of hard truth, and it's still nowhere near enough.

  • The setup of this extraordinary documentary essay (featuring journalistic research, archival footage, and fictional reconstructions) is that of a film noir, but Hurwitz, with his audacious editing and blunt commentary, infuses it with a substance far more radical and harrowing than anything Hollywood could produce.

  • Strange Victory is a heady and passionate hybrid that is equal parts essay, narrative, documentary and propaganda... Hurwitz’s beautiful prose lifts this unique, angry, personal and sad work of art into rare air.

  • It was scarcely distributed and, though some reviews praised it, it was accused of Communistic sympathies. Now, restored and recirculated by the enterprising Milestone Films, Strange Victory has lost none of its compassion and righteous anger. Thanks to the energy of the Milestone team, led by Amy Heller and Dennis Doros, every citizen has a chance, say rather a duty, to see a film whose force is undiminished today.

  • An unjustly neglected 1948 documentary that, in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, seems sadly pertinent. Taking as its departure point the premise that the United States won World War II, an event that supposedly defeated fascism, only to fail to confront fascist and racist tendencies in postwar America, Hurwitz’s film expertly intersperses re-enactments, lyrical voiceover narration, and archival footage.

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