History of KING: A FILMED RECORD; FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS
"...deserves to be known as one of the greatest documentaries of all time" - CriterionCast
"A piece of history of immense power" - The Los Angeles Times
KING: A FILMED RECORD; FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his non-violent campaign for civil rights and social justice. It uses only original newsreel and other primary material, unvarnished and unretouched, and covers the period from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through his assassination in 1968. The original newsreel segments are framed by celebrity narrators Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward. The movie was produced by Ely Landau.
When first released, it was shown in theaters as a "one-time-only" event on March 24, 1970 for one night only. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
KING: A FILMED RECORD on DEMOCRACY NOW!
In a Black History Month special, Democracy Now is airing excerpts of KING: A FILMED RECORD. Check out the broadcast here, and a video below: