A film that has gained hugely with the passage of time. It may not ‘explode in people’s faces like a grenade’ or ‘open minds like a can-opener’ as Kramer has stated he wished it to, but there’s no doubt that it stands alone as a sympathetic, frequently brilliant ideological thriller. Dealing with urban insurrection and armed revolt by the youth of America, Kramer’s film occupies intriguingly shifting territory between documentary and science fiction. The result is a unique testament to the political consciousness of a decade. Kramer constantly astonishes with his ability to draw performances and find images that fix this particular consciousness with unnerving precision. It is beautifully shot in black-and-white.
Robert Kramer was born in New York in 1940. He studied philosophy and Western European History at Swarthmore College and Stanford University.
In the 1960’s he made his mark as the great filmmaker of the American radical left whose first films painted a portrait of a generation of militants marked by their opposition to the war in Vietnam (In the country, The Edge, and Ice). He was the founder and prime mover of the Newsreel movement. He has travelled to Latin America, North Vietnam in the middle of the war (People’s war), then in Portugal after the April Revolution (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Portugal, and Gestos e fragmentos), and in post-independance Angola. Once the most directly political era was over and was captured and represented by Kramer in all its ambiguities and contradictions, he has never stopped reflecting in his films on the “heart of darkness” of the West – that dominating madness that he had shown in Le manteau as a “line that goes through time”. read more
Can anyone explain why is it called "ICE" ? I have some wonders that might be related with Cold War, maybe the coldness of death, etc but i'm not sure of anything.
I completely agree. What you're saying and what i'm saying are two parts of the same thought ;). I think that it may be a reference to Cold War but we can also see snow/ice in the movie (it can seem stupid but maybe it's not!). I'm going to re-watch it in a few days/weeks, perhaps I m going to have other ideas!
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