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182                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            II.  The feature essay as published in Dateline: Colorado, March
               1970, James Kane (Jim Kane), Editor

            Art, Politics, and Revolution:
            You are in the midst of the 2  American Revolution

                                 Chicago 7

               Dateline Colorado Editor’s Note [Jim Kane]: Dr. Fritscher writes in
               a serious vein this month about the interaction of art with our new
               rough-and-tumble American society. He here gives candid opinions
               on the secularizing, revolutionary world parents can expect for their
            No matter what your opinion of the “Chicago Seven” trial, one fact is
            unmistakably clear. The arts, especially film, are of immense import to
            our revolutionary times. This came personally clear to me on New Year’s
            afternoon, 1970.
               It was a cold and gray day, a bad way to begin the new decade in Chi-
            cago. The political climate was even more depressing than the weather.
            Constantin Costa-Gavras’ film Z had opened a few days earlier. Word-
            of-mouth said Z was good. I called some friends and took off.
               I’ll not soon forget that beginning of this year sitting next to Abbie
            Hoffman watching him watching Z. I had the sick feeling the film was
            about Abbie, and I wanted to ask Anita, his wife, if she felt that, too. Seven
            weeks later, another of the “Chicago Seven,” Tom Hayden, husband of
            actress-activist Jane Fonda, stood in a Middle-America courtroom saying
            on his day of sentencing that he felt as if he were a character in Z. It was no
            accident that at the same time as the trial, a film was in town to comment
            on the difference between politics and justice.
               Now  Z has five Academy Award nominations and five of the “Chi-
            cago Seven” have maximum prison sentences. [With nominations for Best
            Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best
            Foreign Film, the anti-fascist Z went on to win the 1970 Oscar for Best
            Foreign Film, and remains remarkably relevant to the American politics
            of George W. Bush.  — JF]


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