Strange Culture
Strange Culture (2007)

Filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson examines a strange miscarriage of justice amplified by post-9/11 hysteria in this imaginative fusion of documentary and docudrama. Steve Kurtz is an artist and political activist who was an associate professor… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 5, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Outrage overkill that gives as much weight to the government trashing Steve's house and locking his cat in the attic as it does their desecration of the First Amendment.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A terrible personal tragedy and a penetrating case study in the intolerance and paranoia that still surrounds avant-garde art in America.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A real-life nightmare scene out of Kafka.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

As sad as it is to realize that youth activism in this country is dead, it's sadder still to find yourself agreeing that they have a point.

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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

Slipping in and out of character, variously embodying, studying, and commenting on their counterparts, the actors manage both dramatic reenactment and its deconstruction with aplomb.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...[this film is] a slightly surreal reflection of what must have been the post-2004 experience of being Steve Kurtz.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Somewhere between documentary and dramatization, fact and impression, Strange Culture molds one manâ(TM)s tragedy into an engrossing narrative experiment.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Echoing the 2006 Oscar-winning German film The Lives of Others, Leeson's film is a scary testament to the power of fear.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Hershman-Leeson makes no attempt to obtain viewpoints from anyone other thanthe victims' perspectives, but on the other hand, the facts speak rather loudlyfor themselves.

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[font=Century Gothic]On May 11, 2004, SUNY Buffalo professor Steve Kurtz was preparing an exhibit for the Critical Art Ensemble at the Massachusetts Museum of… More