An impressionistic view of the 1968 Democratic National Convention featuring appearances by Abbie Hoffman, Alan Ginsburg, Mayor Richard J. Daley, Hubert Humphrey, and others. This version of the film is distinct from other edits, including the other version in the Media Burn collection.

00:01Copy video clip URL Aerial footage of bombs dropping, followed by nighttime images of Chicago, including a wealthy older couple. 

00:21Copy video clip URL Abbie Hoffman (credited onscreen as “Abby Hoffman”) delivers a speech about revolution. “Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you to decide whether you are gonna be the problem or you are gonna be the solution.” Hoffman’s audio continues over images of crowds and heavily armed police officers.

01:08Copy video clip URL The MC5 play. 

01:46Copy video clip URL Aerial footage of bombs exploding. Audio from the Emergency Broadcast System. People sleeping on the grass in Grant Park. Chicago radio broadcasts.

02:34Copy video clip URL Film title appears onscreen over footage of an airplane. “Thus Spake Zarathustra” plays on the soundtrack. Crowds gathering in the park and along Michigan Ave behind police barriers. A woman observes off camera; “I think it’s great. A lot of original ideas here. A lot more thought has gone into this show than in any other show. Better than the New York, Detroit, and LA shows.” 

03:38Copy video clip URL Crowds in Grant Park. Helicopters flying overhead. Chanting. Climbing statues. The police chasing people off. 

04:23Copy video clip URL A montage juxtaposing the police attacking crowds with tear gas, a couple making out on the grass, the police beating protestors, an elderly golfer, a Harold’s Fried Chicken sign, men in suits and hardhats, and other images. The chant “the whole world’s watching” is heard on the soundtrack amidst an audio montage of radio broadcasts. 

06:12Copy video clip URL Marching. Crowds in the park. Phil Ochs plays a song surrounded by people. A radio broadcast about the Klu Klux Klan. Someone wears a shirt with a peace sign and “Kick out the jams motherfuckers!” painted on the back.

07:11Copy video clip URL Radio traffic reports play over footage of cars and military vehicles, the city skyline, and Buckingham Fountain. 

07:39Copy video clip URL Images of speeches by Dick Gregory, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg. 

08:00Copy video clip URL Richard J. Daley. Onscreen text: “Mayor Daley awaits the arrival of Hubert Humphrey.” Crowds of protestors gathering intercut with Humphrey’s arrival and tear gas in the park.

10:39Copy video clip URL End credits over footage of police confrontations and audio from Richard J. Daley: “Tom Palazzolo. Additional Film: Bob Boldt, Peter Weiner. Musique concrète: Ray Whilding-White.”

11:22Copy video clip URL A hand painted sign reading “Welcome to Chicago USA,” in which the “S” is a swastika. 



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