Biography


Films suggested by Friends about people whose lives made a difference.


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Last updated: November 20, 1997
* Bound for Glory
USA, 1976, Biography, D: Hal Ashby, Star: David Carradine, 147 m
The story of folk singer Woodie Guthrie, from the time he left his home in Texas in the 1930s to his success on radio in California to his death in 1963(?). Woody wrote "This Land is Your Land" and "The Plane Crash in Los Gatos Canyon".

* Gandhi
UK/India, 1982, Drama, D: Richard Attenborough, Stars: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, 188 m.
The life of Mohandas Gandhi, from his youth in South Africa to law school in England to his remarkable nonviolent campaign for Indian independence.>

* Jack London
USA, 1948, B & W, Biography, D: Alfred Santell, Stars: Michael O'Shea, Susan Hayward, 81 m
Author Jack London's life unrolls on the screen, from cannery row to the open seas, from Yukon prospecting to university, and oh, those women he loved along the way!

* JFK
USA, 1991, Biography, D: Oliver Stone, Stars: Sally Kirkland, Anthony Ramierez, Ray La Pere, Steve Reed, 189 m
The story of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's last days to his assassination in Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963, and the strange events shortly thereafter, told from the point of view of New Orleans attorney Jim Garrison, who believed Kennedy to be the victim of a conspiracy .

* Joe Hill
Sweden, 1971, Biography, D: Bo Widerberg; Stars: Tommy Berggren, Wendy Geier, 114 m
The story of the folk hero of the American labor movement, from his arrival from Sweden to his joining the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W. or Wobblies), to his death in front of a Salt Lake CIty firing squad. Joe Hill was convicted of murder charge which many now believe to be false.

* Rosa Luxemburg
Czechoslovakia/West Germany, 1986, Biography, D: Margerethe von Trotta, Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, 110 m
From 1898 to 1919, Polish-born Rosa Luxemburg, the hero of German Social Democrats, worked against ware and for a socialist society. Ironically, she and Karl Liebknecht were murdered in Berlin on January 15, 1919, by Freie Korps troops under the first Social Democratic government Germany ever had.


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