The Times of Harvey Milk
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Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in United States history, had been serving on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors only 11 months when he, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, a fellow supervisor disillusioned with the constant compromise of city politics and an opponent on gay-rights issues. Harvey Milk interweaves newsreel footage and personal interviews to construct a compelling portrait of these turbulent times: Milk's rise to prominence in the Castro; Moscone's emphasis on neighborhoods and the subsequent redistricting that… More

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"A lot has happened in the 25 years between Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning 1984 documentary and Gus Van Sant's biopic, but the subject of the nation's signal gay rights leader is as relevant as ever."
‑ David Ehrenstein, L.A. Weekly
"Superb documentary about slain political activist Harvey Milk."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"White comes across, even if one ignores his political and social opinions, as a Travis Bickle who used his outward persona to achieve the first rung of public office. The interviews with him are far more fascinating than those with Milk, just as evil is f"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A richly detailed film that takes the story beyond White to create a vivid impression of a specific time and place."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"If there is a finer, more moving documentary than this, I have yet to see it."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a finely structured and deeply moving portrait of not just a man, but, as the title suggests, the times in which he lived and how he affected, and was affected by, them"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Throughout the film, Epstein keeps Milk's political agenda in mind"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A chronicle of a significant chapter in gay history as well as a portrait of an endearing figure."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's one thing for a documentary to claim a person great, it's something else entirely to convince the audience they have an active role in fulfilling his legacy."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Thought-provoking look at a charismatic politician's life."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"...tremendously entertaining and surprisingly moving..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Must-see for anyone interested in human rights."
‑ Sarah Chauncey,
"Melodramatically one-sided, but compelling -- and indelible just the same. El Presidente could benefit from a look."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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