King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis / Free Screening!


King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark documentary chronicling the greatest American social movement of the 20th century, focusing on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. All of the film’s images are taken from news footage of the time, with no wrap-around musical score or omniscient narration – the great speeches are shown, not as greatest hits sound bites, but in their entirety, punctuated with literary excerpts read by luminaries including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby in interstitials directed by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Originally screened across the country in hundreds of theatres on one single night in 1970, this unique cinematic record has been recently restored by the Library of Congress, and today stands as an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history. Nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award in 1970. (Dir. by Ely Landau, 1970, 185 mins., Not Rated, Kino Lorber Films) Digital