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Archive: Winter 2007

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Thursday, January 11 • 7pm
Reception at 6:30pm

Q&A session with Directors David Leaf and John Schienfeld after the screening.
Special guest Jon Wiener, UC Irvine Professor of History, historical consultant and author of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files


The U.S. vs. John Lennon

T he U.S. vs. John Lennon tells the story of John Lennon’s transformation from loveable moptop to anti-war activist. Exploring Vietnam-era struggles that remain relevant today, the film recounts the facts about Nixon’s campaign to deport him in 1972. Featuring extensive interviews with those who knew him best, this powerful new look at the life and times of John Lennon captures the mystique of the man, the ideals he fought for, and the price he paid for simply trying to make the world a better place.

With Walter Cronkite, Gore Vidal, Mario Cuomo, George McGovern, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, G. Gordon Liddy, Yoko Ono, and Jon Wiener--and archival footage of Richard Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, and John Lennon. Official selection of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

“A gripping and moving homage that brings in some new-old faces to flank the usual suspects in telling the story of Lennon and his badgering by the FBI.” —John Payne, L.A. Weekly

Directed by David Leaf and John Schienfeld.
2006, USA • 99 mins. • 35mm

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