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Csa: The Confederate States of America [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZEU0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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Racist rubbish - I thought this would be a historic account of a parallel USA portrayed as if the southern states had won the civil war. In fact it turned out to be a diatribe of racist jokes which are totally inappropriate.
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By Torben Retboll TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2016
Format: DVD
“CSA: The Confederate States of America” is a mock documentary film – known as a mockumentary - that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. It was released on DVD in 2006. Here is some basic information about it:

** Written and directed by Kevin Wilmott
** Produced by Rick Cowan (and six others)
** Narrated by Charles Frank
** Run time: 88 minutes

This film is an alternate history based on the question “What if?” What if the southern states had won the American Civil war which began in 1861? The people behind the film assume the southern states (CSA) won the Civil war in 1864 and then they proceed to tell us what happened since then in a state that is officially based on slavery and racism.

Two mock experts appear from time to time, the first one is a white man who supports the southern way, while the second one is a black woman from Canada who has a critical view of the CSA. Mock commercials appear from time to time. At the end of the film (during the credit rolls) we learn that most of them are not false: they are based on real cases!

The film is divided into two parts. Here is a brief overview:

PART ONE
** War and Rebellion
** Reconstruction
** A Splendid Little War
** The Great depression and World War Two

PART TWO
** Cold War with Canada
** A New Frontier
** Modern Day

The film has an official website where there are more suggestions and ideas for an alternate history of the fictional state.

“CSA” got some good reviews: on Metacritic it has a rating of 62 per cent; on IMDb it has a rating of 64 per cent; and on Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 78 per cent. I can understand why.
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