The times of Harvey Milk

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Summary

  • This documentary examines the political life of the self-proclaimed "Mayor Of Castro Street," N.Y. stockbroker turned San Francisco activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected to public office in California. Milk was elected to a City Supervisor position in the '70s, when a successful gay politician was an anomaly, but Milk made the most of his brief time in power. When Dan White killed Milk and Mayor George Moscone, the loss experienced by Milk's supporters was profound. White robbed the gay-rights movement of a charismatic leader and eloquent voice, but he accidentally gave it something a smart political operative like Milk would surely have appreciated the power and value of: a bona fide martyr.

Notes

  • Film preserved by UCLA Film and Television Archive, funding by the Ahmanson Foundation in association with the Sundance Institute.
  • Originally produced as a documentary in 1984.
  • Booklet includes the essays "Making history" by B. Ruby Rich, "Harvey's enduring legacy" by Stuart Milk, and "Restoring 'The times of Harvey Milk'" by Ross Lipman.
  • Region 1, NTSC, 2.0 Dolby digital surround; 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
  • In English with optional subtitles in English.

Contents

  • Disc 1: the film. The times of Harvey Milk -- Harvey's political will -- Mayor of Castro Street -- A new kind of politics -- Campaign for supervisor -- Something new at city hall -- Advancing the issues -- San Francisco's Gay Rights Bill -- Proposition 6 -- Road to victory -- Dan White resigns -- Tragedy at city hall -- Candlelight march -- The trial -- "He got away with murder" -- Hope -- Closing credits -- Color bars ; (88 min.) (); Special features: Commentary [audio feature] by Robert Epsteiin, Deborah Hoffmann, Daniel Nicoletta; Postscript (3 min.); Trailer (3 min.)
  • Disc 2: the supplements: Featurettes Jon Else (20 min); Two films, one legacy (23 min.); Harvey Milk recordings: "Out of the bars and into the streets" [audio] (14 min.); Texas Gay Conference Five [audio] (48 min.); Harvey Milk speaks out [video] (3 min.); Anti-Proposition 6 election night party [audio] (10 min.); Harvey Milk's political will [audio] (13 min.); Director's research tapes [video]: Scott Smith (80 min.); Bob Ross (53 min.); Amber Hollibaugh (44 min.); Cleve Jones (30 min.); Lillian Sing (15 min.); Hank Wilson (10 min.); From the Castro to the Oscars: Premiere at the Castro Theatre (8 min.); A night at the Oscars (3 min.); The Dan White case: News clips (4 min.); Panel discussion (30 min.); Harry Britt, Milk's successor (10 min.); Candlelight memorial (7 min.)
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