Strange Fruit
Strange Fruit (2004)

A successful, homosexual African American lawyer working in New York returns to the rural Louisiana town in which he was raised to investigate the lynching death of his childhood friend, only to discover that the virulent racism and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Good, if unremarkable.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

Polished, well-structured film.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

It's a talking head documentary, but a great one.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

In his excellent documentary, also called Strange Fruit, filmmaker Joel Katz takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called 'one of ten songs that changed the world.'

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An absorbing documentary.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"Strange Fruit"...should be mandatory viewing by all students old enough to understand the meaning and importance of the haunting song.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

This is a film well worth seeing, talking and singing heads and all.

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Katz uses archival footage, horrifying documents of lynchings, still photographs and charming old reel-to-reel recordings of Meeropol entertaining his children to create his song history, but most powerful of all is the song itself

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Christian C
The only mystery in this film is how it made it past the story boards.