The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Time:

  • 5pm and 8pm
  • December 8, 2006

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue, Fresno

Synopsis

David Leaf and John Scheinfeld struggled for over 15 years to produce this documentary, and its emergence in the year 2006 is a testament to the film’s timeliness. THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON focuses on a part of the music icon’s life that is often overlooked: his politicization both during and after the Vietnam War. Towards the end of the Beatles’ career, Lennon began taking the band in a new direction, using their popularity to circulate a message of peace in songs such as “Revolution.” He became even more involved after the band broke up, and the film traces his growing awareness and dissent through both archival footage–much of which had lain forgotten in vaults for decades–and interviews with those close to him. This leads to the titular case, in which the U.S. government, which had already been monitoring his actions for some time, attempted to deport the star for fear of the threat he posed to the nation.

Written and directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld
USA, 2006
96 min., rated PG-13

Sponsored by the Fresno Center for Nonviolence

Reviews

The U.S. vs. John Lennon would be a sobering film at any time, but it is particularly so right now. It is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.
Adam Cohen, The New York Times
It’s a movie that, at its best, makes you ache with the memory of an anguished era and its fallen pop culture hero.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Lennon’s spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The U.S. vs. John Lennon would be a sobering film at any time, but it is particularly so right now. It is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.
Adam Cohen, The New York Times
It’s a movie that, at its best, makes you ache with the memory of an anguished era and its fallen pop culture hero.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Lennon’s spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.