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Star Spangled to Death


With Ken Jacobs in person

Dir. Ken Jacobs. 1956–60, 2003–04, 440 mins. Presented with an hour-long break and a thirty-minute break. In Jacobs’s magnum opus, a history of 20th-century politics and culture is communicated through a crazy quilt of found film, combined with the filmmaker’s own filming. It pictures a stolen and dangerously sold-out America, allowing examples of popular culture to self-indict. Racial and religious insanity, monopolization of wealth, the purposeful dumbing down of citizens, and addiction to war are opposed by joyous scenes of Beat playfulness.

Free with Museum admission.