Bill Siegel

Bill Siegel

Bill Siegel Quick Links

Film RSS

The Weather Underground Review


Excellent
In 1969 America, things weren't looking too good for the establishment. The Vietnam War was grinding on and on, racial tensions were at an all-time high, hippies were everywhere and demonstrations regularly shut down universities and parts of large cities. That year, however, at the annual meeting of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), one of the largest of the protest groups, a small knot of activists seized control. The new faction was convinced that years of nonviolent, Gandhi-esque behavior (SDS had been founded by mostly white student idealists years earlier at the height of the black voter registration drives in the South) had resulted in a big fat nothing and believed that real action was called for. They soon splintered off, calling themselves The Weathermen (after the line from the Dylan song "Subterranean Homesick Blues": "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.") and inadvertently gave the establishment exactly what it needed: a target.

The Weather Underground, a smart new documentary about this legendary splinter faction, starts off at the fractious 1969 SDS meeting, and its early scenes are full of the belief, which suffused American leftists at the time, that it was just a matter of time before the military-industrial complex came crumbling down. Intellectual Todd Gitlin (one of the original founders of SDS and the most succinct critic of the Weathermen in the film) compares their beliefs to the same ideology used by Stalin and Mao, namely that when revolutionaries like the Weatherman envision a perfect society around the corner, they become convinced that in order to get there, the deaths of "ordinary people" don't count. One of the more charming and down-to-earth ex-Weathermen interviewed for the film, Brian Flanagan, puts it even more simply: "When you feel you have right on your side you can do some pretty horrific things." This paranoid mentality - which the film shows was exacerbated by the FBI's often illegal campaign against groups like the Black Panthers - explains how this group of mostly middle-class whitebread college kids went from carrying signs to building bombs.

Continue reading: The Weather Underground Review

Bill Siegel

Bill Siegel Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Filmmaker


Suggested

John Grant - Brighton Dome 29.10.2018 Live Review

John Grant - Brighton Dome 29.10.2018 Live Review

With a fourth solo album having just dropped and his 50th birthday celebrations behind him, John Grant kicked off the UK leg of his latest tour in...

Breaking the music industry: Regiment tells us about the highs and lows of making music

Breaking the music industry: Regiment tells us about the highs and lows of making music

Tristan Corrigan on the difficulties of making music within a genre that is so popular.

Backstreet Boys - Chances Video

Backstreet Boys - Chances Video

They've just announced their 2019 70-date world tour and they've dropped a new single and video just to get fans even more excited.

George Ezra - Hold My Girl Video

George Ezra - Hold My Girl Video

Seven months after the release of his second album 'Staying At Tamara's', George Ezra unveils the video to his newest single 'Hold My Girl'.

Advertisement
Kesha - Here Comes The Change (From the Motion Picture 'On The Basis of Sex') Video

Kesha - Here Comes The Change (From the Motion Picture 'On The Basis of Sex') Video

Kesha's latest single is 'Here Comes The Change' from the soundtrack of an important new biographical drama entitled 'On the Basis of Sex'.

Gerard Way - Baby You're A Haunted House Lyric Video

Gerard Way - Baby You're A Haunted House Lyric Video

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way unveils a solo single for the Halloween season entitled 'Baby You're A Haunted House'.

Cheryl - Love Made Me Do It Video

Cheryl - Love Made Me Do It Video

It's been four months since her split from Liam Payne, and now she's poured her heart out into a brand new single entitled 'Love Made Me Do It'.

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

Mid-Week Playlist: 15 Happy Tunes To Get You Through Work

From 'Happy' to 'Banana Pancakes', these are soaked in positivity.

Advertisement

Bill Siegel Movies

The Weather Underground Movie Review

The Weather Underground Movie Review

In 1969 America, things weren't looking too good for the establishment. The Vietnam War was...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.