Great Speeches from a Dying World
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Great Speeches from a Dying World
With Great Speeches from a Dying World, documentarist Linas Phillips evokes the despair of the Seattle homeless with an unusual approach. He tells ten individual stories of disenfranchised persons, and then underscores the plight of each by having him or her recite an iconic speech from history that reflects on the difficulty of his or her experiences. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's success in giving the voiceless a platform balances out Phillips's more precocious and pretentious flourishes."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A moving portrait of homelessness that's honest, respectful, heartbreaking yet warmhearted, and brimming with humanity."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"This gritty, unflinching documentary by Linas Phillips traces the misfortunes of 10 of Seattle's hard-core homeless over a period of a year."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Great Speeches From a Dying World is an unsettling documentary portrait gallery of nine homeless people living on the streets of Seattle."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Doesn't solve the issue of homelessness, but at least it captivates your heart by humanizing homeless people and by giving them a voice."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In a sense, Phillips's mission is a variation on the tradition of semi-orchestrated socially conscious documentary that stretches back through Lionel Rogosin's On the Bowery and beyond."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"Grounds the life-and-death struggles of the downtrodden in the quotidian: where to sleep, how to get clean, who to love."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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