Aaron Sorkin on THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, Story Power and Musical Dialogue – Jennifer Merin interviews

In The Trial of the Chicago 7, writer/director Aaron Sorkin dramatizes the US Justice Department’s prosecution of political activists Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellenger, John Froines and Lee Weiner, all of whom were arrested while leading peaceful anti-Vietnam War demonstrations during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Sorkin chats about balancing entertainment and educational value in his truth based and how he develops story and composes dialogue.

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Susan Granger

Best known for his sharp, perceptive dialogue, peppered with succinct soliloquies, writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a timely, yet talky tale, utilizing flashbacks and newsreel footage. Free speech and demonstration are interpreted as lawless rioting with the government and its supporters expressing complete faith in the police. Perhaps Sasha Baron-Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman puts it best: “The institutions of government are wonderful things, but right now are populated by some terrible people.”

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Martha K Baker

Those who did not live through the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 or follow coverage of the trial of seven men, the excellent film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven will read as incredible. Just unbelievable. For starters, men accused of being in a conspiracy had never met before that August. For another, a judge appeared to be unqualified at least, viciously loony-tunes at most.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 5, 2018 : MOLLY’S GAME

motw logo 1-35MOLLY’S GAME presents the truth-based story of a young woman whose moxie and determination lead her down a path of unwise choices, and then allow her to find a way out of the difficult circumstances in which she lands. Jessica Chastain’s performance certainly does justice to Molly’s quest. Continue reading….

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