The Speeches of Malcolm X [VHs]
- Actors:Â Malcolm X,Â Juanita Abernathy,Â Ralph Abernathy,Â Joan Baez,Â James Baldwin
- Producers:Â Denis Mueller
- Format:Â Black & White, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated:Â NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes:Â 1
- Studio:Â Mpi Home Video
- VHS Release Date:Â January 1, 1997
- Run Time:Â 41 minutes
Malcolm X was as close as the 20th century gets to a master of all the aspects of rhetoric, from tight logic to raw power of delivery, and from shrewd audience analysis to deep pathos. These speech clips give you a chance to see why. Several major speeches are represented, and there are especially good clips from the Jesse Gray rally and from his probably-best-single speech, "the Ballot or the Bullet" (Audubon Ballroom March 29 1964). Editing is smooth and intelligent -- and excessive, because there could easily have been 20 instead of 10 minutes out of "Ballot or Bullet", and there is only one clip from one of his many speeches on Islam, where at least three would be needed to represent the major periods in his thought. His speech against the draft and against enlisting is excellent, also; for a good example of how fine he was at extemporaneous work, see his replies to television interviewers.
There are a couple of speeches overlaid with nostalgia footage, but those may have been ones for which no visual track was available; some background hiss and rumble suggests they were originally recorded on audio tape.
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