Rent Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

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Synopsis:
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, narrated by Dustin Hoffman and featuring an original score composed and performed by Bobby McFerrin, Common Threads uses intimate details to tell an epic story of love, loss, anger and healing. In the late 1970's, a mysterious new disease began infecting and killing gay men. Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, as told through the lives of five very diverse individuals who shared a common fate. Using the monumenta, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt as its central, metaphor, the film weaves together personal memories and television news stories to expose the U.S.
government's failure to respond to the growing epidemic, and the vibrant protest movement that was born as a result. The winner of the 1989 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the film takes cold statistics and gives them recognizable faces to create a deeply powerful work that for all its poignancy never sacrifices intelligence to emotion.
Actors:
Sara Lewinstein, , Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman, , Tracy Torrey, , Gary Bauer, Robert Bazell, , Edward Brandt, , , David C. Campbell, , , Bolton Eckert, , Virginia Fedosky, Emil Guillermo
Directors:
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Producers:
Bill CouturiƩ, Rob Epstein
Narrated By:
Dustin Hoffman
Writers:
Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Cindy Ruskin
Others:
Bill CouturiƩ, Robert Epstein
Studio:
Drakes Avenue Pictures
Genres:
Documentary, Lesbian & Gay, Special Interest
Awards:

1990 Oscar Best Documentary

BBFC:
Release Date:
04/05/2009
Run Time:
79 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Vito Russo Speech, "Then and Now 1981 - 2004" Short Film

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