Great Speeches from a Dying World
Great Speeches from a Dying World (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2009
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David Fear
Time Out New York

The film's success in giving the voiceless a platform balances out Phillips's more precocious and pretentious flourishes.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A moving portrait of homelessness that's honest, respectful, heartbreaking yet warmhearted, and brimming with humanity.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This gritty, unflinching documentary by Linas Phillips traces the misfortunes of 10 of Seattle's hard-core homeless over a period of a year.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Great Speeches From a Dying World is an unsettling documentary portrait gallery of nine homeless people living on the streets of Seattle.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Doesn't solve the issue of homelessness, but at least it captivates your heart by humanizing homeless people and by giving them a voice.

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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice

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.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Grounds the life-and-death struggles of the downtrodden in the quotidian: where to sleep, how to get clean, who to love.

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