The Police Tapes Screen 2 articles

The Police Tapes

1977

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  • In 1976, the filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond, using newly developed portable videotape equipment, embedded themselves among the officers of the Forty-fourth Precinct, in the South Bronx. They’re not passive observers; rather, they’re part of the action, and the intimate revelations that they elicit become a comprehensive vision of government at work.

  • You can extrapolate how staggering the contents of The Police Tapes were for WNET’s audience in 1977 from the amount of screentime filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond give over to the sociological mini-lectures of police commander Tony Bouza, who reassures liberal viewers about the systemic causes of urban crime rates in language that will make you wonder why MSNBC hosts don’t have him on speed-dial.