Sacco and Vanzetti – Murder in Massachusetts – click Film link above

Just over eighty years ago in Boston, Massachusetts, at a little after midnight on August 22nd, 1927, twenty-one hundred volts slammed through the body of Nicola Sacco, an Italian immigrant, a shoemaker – and an anarchist. Ten minutes later his comrade, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, another Italian immigrant — a poor fish-peddler — took his place in the same electric chair to be murdered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Both men, accused of a murder in 1920 had been held in custody for seven years after a notoriously prejudiced trial in 1921 in which the foreman of the jury – before hearing a word of testimony in the case – declared of the defendants: ‘Damn them, they ought to hang anyway’. That was just one of many travesties of justice in this case.  The trial judge, outside the courtroom, called the defendants ‘anarchistic bastards’ and announced that he would ‘get them good and proper.’ Witnesses – fifteen of them – testified to having seen one or other of the defendants in places so distant from the scene of the crime that it would have been impossible for them to have committed the crimes of which they were accused. The prosecution did not call even one of these witnesses to disprove this clinching alibi evidence. Other witnesses who discredited the prosecution case were not only never called to testify – the District Attorney failed to notify the defence lawyers of the existence of these witnesses – as he was in law and conscience required so to do. Yet, the men were convicted. Their conviction was inevitable – because they were anarchists.

WR — The Mysteries of the Organism (1971) – click Film link above

Yugoslav director Dusan Makavejev’s playful, allusive 1971 tribute to Wilhelm Reich.

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Click here for a PDF of Richard Porton’s review of WR – Mysteries of the Organism in Arena2Anarchist Realism and Critical Quandaries

THE GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND by Stuart Christie

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A speculative look at the culture, history and political role of the Special Air Service Regiment as a warrior elite and ‘parallel enforcement body’ within the British sphere of influence. This article first appeared in the Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review Vol 1 No 6 (Summer 1982) and was reprinted a few months later, in its entirety —  and without comment (under the title ‘As Others See Us’) — in Mars and Minerva, the regimental magazine of the Special Air Service Regiment, at the request of the journal’s then editor, Major Clarence ‘Dare’ Newell.

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Army Recruitment Advert — Health Warning! – click Film link above

If only all army recruitment adverts were like this one . . .

Simon of the Desert — click Film link above

Simon of the Desert (1965) is Luis Buñuel’s interpretation of the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order to prove his devotion to God. Yet the devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A sceptic’s vision of human conviction, Buñuel’s short and sweet satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism.