The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein Image
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  • Summary: Gianvito's unique hybrid of documentary technique and narrative filmmaking is a meditation on American behavior during the Gulf War. Three stories play out in different cities: a Gulf War veteran copes with returning home, a woman's family faces prejudice and violence because of their last name, and a teenager's anti-war protests drive him out of his home. (BAM Rose Cinemas) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
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    While refraining from excess melodrama or overt preachiness, pic makes no secret of its dismay at this chapter in American history.
  2. 50
    Mad Songs saves its most memorable image for its hard-earned climax, which molds the ambiguous, hallucinatory spectacle of a combusting effigy into a viewer-implicating demonstration of crowd psychology and a harrowing cri de coeur.
  3. Mr. Gianvito's approach cannot really be called critical, since criticism would require some cogent analysis of causes and events.
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