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Emile de Antonio in Buffalo

edited by Bruce Jackson


Emile de Antonio (1919-1989), American’s most influential political documentary filmmaker, made ten films, nine of them about the Cold War. At least three of those political documentaries are classics: Point of Order (1963), about the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings; In the Year of the Pig (1968), the first important film to question and put into historical perspective America’s involvement in Vietnam; and Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971), an incisive examination of the career and character of Richard M. Nixon.

De Antonio visited University at Buffalo in 1988 to take part in "Editing Reality," a two-day symposium on representation and truth. The night before his appearance in the symposium he met with a small group of students, teachers and journalists. He talked at length about his work and career. He continued that conversation with Michael Jackson, a law student, in the course of a five-hour auto trip to Oneonta two days later. This book is comprised of edited transcripts of his remarks during that Buffalo weekend.


Bruce Jackson is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture at University at Buffalo. He is a documentary filmmaker and the author or editor of 20 other books. In 2002, the government of France honored his ethnographic and anti-death penalty work by appointing him Chevalier, l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Bruce Jackson, ed.
Emile de Antonio in Buffalo
116 pp.  $15US
Available from the Center, Talking Leaves bookstores, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery,and, in late February, from

ISBN 0-931627-05-2

Center Working Papers