Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982 - 1992
2017, John Ridley, USA, 144 min.
- Sat, Aug 12th 8:00pm
"A full-blooded, multifaceted real-life drama...troubling and illuminating and shattering in its compassion." — Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
A half-dozen documentaries came out this year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King verdict, but LET IT FALL soon emerged as the one to beat — the most thoughtful, the most artfully told, the most attentive to the human complexity of the events. Director Ridley, best known as the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 YEARS A SLAVE and the creator of the acclaimed TV series "American Crime," begins the narrative ten years before the uprising, with the police-chokehold death of James Mincey Jr. Carefully establishing the background and interweaving multiple viewpoints, the film focuses on those with close-up involvement (shopkeepers, police officers, participants, eyewitnesses, jury members, relatives of victims). Their roles in the events are often revealed only gradually, so that they evolve as full-fledged characters rather than mere talking heads. This theatrical version of the film is nearly an hour longer than the one broadcast on TV. DCP digital. (MR)
Saturday, August 12: Director John Ridley is scheduled to appear for audience discussion moderated by Felicia Middlebrooks of CBS Chicago.