The Kid Stays in the Picture director Brett Morgen turns his unique eye toward the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in this 2006 documentary. Using a star-studded voice cast along with a blend of archival footage and animation, Morgen tells the story of the eight demonstrators who were arrested and tried for conspiracy in the wake of the violent anti-war protests. Featuring the voices of Nick Nolte and Mark Ruffalo among others, Chicago 10 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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This movie presents a good sense of the "temper of the times" from the perspective of someone who lived through it -me. You get a feel for the moral compass that motivated the anti-war leaders (though they would shun the term leader) as well as the various viewpoints from the mass of demonstrators. Dry court transcripts are brought to life with animation. The circus-like atmosphere of the court proceedings are portrayed with their humorous yet troubling implications. I also got a feel for how the disgust of the Yippies regarding the war machine caused them to act in such a way that their patriotic message was often drowned out by their antics and their obvious attempts to physically and behaviorally distinguish themselves from the "mainstream" they were trying to influence. They wanted attention - and got it. They did influence people eventually, but I wonder if it would have happened sooner if they had been seen by the working class as part of them.
I really liked the style of this documentary in that it uses animation for scenes where there was only a tape recording to make it more compelling. I learned a lot more about Abby Hoffman and his gang the Yippies.