Jim Marshall
Owen Gleiberman
November 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/14/07
director
Jim Brown
distributor
The Weinstein Company
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

The reedy, soaring tremolo; the beaming face and friendly banjo-pickin’; the union-of-mankind sentiments. If you hear the name Pete Seeger and think, Noble folkie protest singer (as in, How quaint!), then you must see Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk. He turned political passion into pure, rare American beauty. Between clips of the concerts Seeger staged as hootenanny hosannas, the film chronicles how the blacklisted star stuck true to his beliefs — which were more patriotic than those of his accusers. A

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