Sacco and Vanzetti (2006), 80 min., Peter Miller, dir.
NOTE: The film will be screened in partnership with the Gotham Center, CUNY Graduate and will be held in the Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate, 365 Fifth Avenue (between East 34th and 35th Streets). The film is free but reservations are required. Please call (212) 817-8215 for reservations. Seats will be released at 6:25 PM
The subjects of this documentary are Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants, anarchists, and passionate writers who were accused of a murder in 1920 and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial. The ordeal of Sacco and Vanzetti came to symbolize the bigotry and intolerance directed at immigrants and dissenters in America, and millions of people in the United States and around the world protested on their behalf. A beautifully rendered tale of tragic injustice, this first major documentary film about this landmark story makes the historical uncannily present through interviews, music, poetry, and by interweaving readings of Sacco and Vanzetti’s powerful prison writings read by actors John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub.