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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (12A)

Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Starring: John Lennon, Yoko Ono,
Noam Chomsky.
USA, 2006, 1 hour 30 minutes

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This presents John Lennon as a man who speaks directly to our own time, shows his wit, thoughtfulness and optimism for a new generation. Covering the years '68 - '73, this emphasises the wider impact of John's music, his friendships with political radicals and the significance of the anti-Vietnam War movement. With some fantastic archive footage, great music, and insightful interviews with his contemporaries, this is an incisive account of how deep into the Nixon White House ran the fear of John's influence. But above all it shows the increasingly radicalised, anti-establishment 'peacenik' that John became; his principles, his courage, his ability to manipulate the media, and most memorably his great sense of humour.

"The thing the sixties did was show us the possibility and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse." John Lennon

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