The U.S. Vs. John Lennon (2006)

DAVID LEAF, JOHN SCHEINFELD

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

USA, 2006.  Lionsgate, VH1 Rock Docs, Authorized Pictures, LSL Productions.  Screenplay by David Leaf, John Scheinfeld.  Cinematography by .  Produced by David Leaf, John Scheinfeld.  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

It’s hard to believe, but at one point in history the FBI concentrated much of its surveillance power on mop-headed pop rocker . Lennon’s awakening to the world of political radicalism (and the inherent value of shaggy hair) in the late sixties and early seventies, prompted by his feelings about the war in Vietnam and the humane influence of wife , impelled J. Edgar Hoover and his buddies to find out just who’s Hand he Wanna Hold. David Leaf and John Scheinfeld have fashioned this thorough, absorbing investigation into those years when Lennon’s slogans of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ and ‘War Is Over’ struck a nerve and had a lasting influence (that continues to this day) on participants of activism. Interviews with a whole range of subjects, from journalist  to radical activist , former presidential hopeful , tabloid journalist and Ono herself provide a fascinating narration of Lennon’s mindset and activities until his tragic murder in 1980. Lots of great stock footage (particularly the unforgettable Bed-In interviews) and a terrific soundtrack make for a rich documentary experience.

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