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A film by Robert Kramer
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Ice is included on the same DVD as Milestones
ICE is an innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime. Using a fictitious war with Mexico as an allegory for the conflict in Vietnam, Kramer uses a documentary style to dramatize the inner workings, disputes and tensions within the group itself as they plan guerrilla attacks against the American government.

"Riveting!"Ben Kenigsburg, The New York Times

"Despite its doggedness of tone, especially in the characters' political rhetoric (you can bet that the Red Army Faction, Weather Underground and SLA all bought tickets), ICE remains surprisingly personal and beautifully somber. Its high-contrast, natural-light cinematography is breathtaking, part of the rich, lost tradition of 16mm black-and-white image-making seen in the work of Frederick Wiseman, Robert Frank and Charles Burnett. Under Kramer's gaze, the familiar, run-down, Lindsay-era New York becomes as alien, melancholy and minatory as the Paris of Godard's Alphaville." —John Patterson, LA Weekly

film still"The politically radical fiction Ice made [Robert Kramer's] reputation." —Chris Fujiwara, The Boston Phoenix

"ICE can hold its own against the entire wave of committed filmmaking that accompanied the 1968 student strikes worldwide." —Glen Erickson, DVD Savant

"This potent and grim SF thriller about urban guerrillas of the radical left, shot in the manner of a rough documentary in black and white, has an epic sweep to it... A searing, unnerving history lesson, itís an American counterpart to some of Jacques Rivette's conspiracy pictures, a desperate message found in a bottle." —Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader


128 minutes / b&w
Release: 2011
Copyright: 1969
Sale/Institutional: $398

This DVD is sold above with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights. It is also available for home video use, click here.

Subject areas:
American Studies, Cinema Studies, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, US & Canadian Broadcast Rights, Vietnam Era

Related Titles:
Milestones: A lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of American life.

Far from Vietnam: The landmark collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais in protest of the Vietnam war.

A Grin Without A Cat: Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Che, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.

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