Stephen C. Rife

"Stephen Rife"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (8 of 9)
Location: Saint Paul, MN United States


Top Reviewer Ranking: 851,017 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 9
The Act of Killing [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Joshua Oppenheimer
The Act of Killing [DVD] DVD ~ Joshua Oppenheimer
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An extraordinary achievement, as so many have already remarked; alternately chilling, humorous, poetic, and moving. Some quibbles, however. The focus is largely on two gangsters involved in Indonesia's (British and US-backed) campaign of terror in the mid-60s, though Oppenheimer has stated he interviewed some 50 similar subjects. A broader view might have been more appropriate, and context, provided primarily by an opening text, is wanting, particularly for younger Western viewers (this is the writing of history, after all). For example, we never hear of the 30 September Movement with its kidnapping and killing of six generals, precipitating Suharto's own coup, and the anti-PKI pogrom… Read more