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CSA - The Confederate States Of America [2004] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Greg Hurd, Rupert Pate
  • Directors: Kevin Willmott
  • Producers: Rick Cowan, Spike Lee
  • Format: PAL
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HN32HS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Politically satirical 'mockumentary' produced by Spike Lee. Asking the question, 'What if the South had won the American Civil War?', the film looks back at the history of the 'Confederate States of America', and is peppered with fake adverts that reflect this alternate world. Through its exploration of this central question, the film also offers a humorous and thought-provoking angle on the political climate that has been engendered in reality.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By simonpeggfan VINE VOICE on 23 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
As an alternate vision of the way the USA could have turned out this is a remarkable documentary. It's convincingly put together, with fake adverts interspersing the 'British' documentary (although a lot of the brands such as 'Darkie' toothpaste and 'Niggerhair' cigarettes were historically real!). Plenty of laughs from the absurdities, and shock at some of the events, and a sense of wonder at what might have actually happened if the Confederate States had won the American Civil War.

The film takes us from that era right to the modern day using new footage, archive footage and doctored footage, with a handful of talking heads. It's remarkably well done, and all sits together very well.

I'd recommend any fans of 'political' comedy and satire to take a look at this - very, very worthwhile!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
What a fascinating little. A documentary, made by 'the british broadcasting service' that's being broadcast on an american tv channel, and which tells the history of america from the end of the civil war - which, in this world, the south won - to the present day. Things being rather different from the world we know as a result of the different history. The documentary uses everything you'd normally see in something like this, such as film clips, interviews, and historical material. Since this is a made up documentary for a film, they are all fake, but they're presented in a totally convincing manner. A lot of thought and work has gone into the production and the writing of this.

Being a documentary that's being shown on tv, it has lots of commerical breaks in the middle, complete with adverts and trailers for the most appalingly racist products and programmes you could possibly imagine. They provoke uneasy laughter. And that's the point. As the opening quote from george bernard shaw and the final scene will show you.

Possibly not to everyone's taste, but a fascinating vision and an excellent piece of cinema
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
CSA is a mocumentry on what would have happened if the Confederates had won the American Civil War (their next film features pigs flying). As a piece of alt.hist it is amusing enough giving the film makers a chance to point at American racism that lasted long after emancipation. But it is not quite in the same league as FATHERLAND or IT HAPPENED HERE. The humour is gentler, but the reality of slavery lasting for hundreds of years is made quite obvious. It looks very good, its shoestring budget not preventing an eerie Ken Burns feel.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on 27 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
I lived in the States for 2 years and my best friend there has a degree in Film Studies from the University of Kansas - this film was his class project! He is an extra in the film (he has a credit at the end as Douglas Roberts) and was involved in the sound and lighting.

Apparently Spike Lee eventually got his hands on the film and added his own touch, resulting in this fantastic movie. My friend says Lee made it faster and slicker. We all went to see this at the Liberty Hall movie theater in Lawrence, KS earlier this year and were all very proud of what Doug and his fellow students had achieved!

Some of the spoof adverts in the film are utterly hilarious, although you sort of don't know whether you should laugh at some of the them because of the subject matter! But ultimately, a film about what would have happened if the South had won the war is a great idea - especially as it doesn't seem as though that much has really changed in the States....ultimately this is a fascinating and somewhat bittersweet look at the American way.
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Like that other wonderful alternative history 'It Happened Here' (which documents a fictional Nazi invasion of England' this bitingly clever 'mockumentary' chronicles what might have happened if the Confederates had won the US Civil War. The effects of a Southern victory go far beyond America however, in that the US does not intervene in Europe in WWII and itself engineers a reverse 'Pearl Harbour' on the Japanese fleet in its own sneak attack 'first strike' to shift the balance of naval power in the Pacific in its favour. What is most revealing however, is the series of chilling 'TV ads' that punctuate this fictional documentary - selling such items security devices to stop your negro slaves running away. A must-see for anyone interested in American history.
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By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2010
Format: DVD
C.S.A is a cleverly written fake documentary which shows how America would have turned out if the Confederates had won the American civil war and slavery had never been abolished.
The entire film is presented as a "real" documentary and even includes commercial breaks complete with fake adverts and trailers for fake TV shows. The film creates an alternative history and follows a timeline in which after the civil war America became an imperial superpower expanding into Mexico and Southern America, was sympathetic to Nazi Germany and then entered into a cold war with Canada.
The clever thing about C.S.A is that as well as being amusing, expertly written and presented it also often pricks your conscience and makes you think about a world in which slavery was a part of everyday life, without you feeling like at any time the film-maker is preaching to you, and the excellent epilogue to the main documentary shows the origins of many household brand names. If you like documentaries then this is well worth a look.
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