Born in Flames
Born in Flames (1983)

Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society in the U.S. -- and finds nothing has changed. Accompanied by a strong musical soundtrack, the composition of women's groups is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 9, 1983
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Borden's exhilarating collage-like story stages news reports, documentary sequences, and surveillance footage alongside tough action scenes and musical numbers; her violent vision is both ideologically complex and chilling.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Born in Flames, while inventive, is also much too diffuse and overcrowded.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The U.S. premiere of the newly restored Born in Flames gives us all an opportunity to reassess this indie classic.

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Variety Staff

Lizzie Borden's 16mm independent production, which took some two years to complete, appears to have all the advantages and the disadvantages of a home movie.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Interesting as a historical curio but nearly unwatchable as entertainment.

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Clayton Dillard
Slant Magazine

It fuses documentary and dramatic sequences into a free-form narrative that exists somewhere between essay film, political manifesto, and exploitation.

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Frances Dickinson
Time Out

Borden charts the explosive coming together of the women as they forge their own liberation, handling her story with audacity and making even the driest argument crackle with humour, while the more poignant moments burn with a fierce white heat.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Made piecemeal over a number of years and first released in 1983, this 90-minute comic fantasy has lost little of its radical edge.

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TV Guide

This feminist film wins laurels for close attention to detail in a radical filmmaking effort.

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Stella Dallas
set in a future nyc, tho it sure looks like the 80s, the film posits a post-revolutionary socialist society that isn't the great success the government… More