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General Idi Amin Dada (Criterion)

Director(s): Barbet Schroeder

Theatrical Release: 1974

Cast: Idi Amin

Genre(s): Documentary, politics, biography, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France


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Running Time: 90m.

Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada was but a distant irritation to everyone but his own countrymen and the British Empire until his perfidy became headline material in the early '70s. The first director to provide an in-depth study of this gregarious madman was director Barbet Schroeder, with his General Idi Amin Dada. In this documentary, Schroeder and his crew travel to Uganda to spend several days with the despot, one-on-one. The uncomfortable truths revealed in the film are all the most amazing when one realizes that Schroeder could not release his documentary without Amin's approval. (allmovie.com)

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Criterion Collection DVD #153 Special Features:

! New digital transfer

! 2001 video interview with Barbet Schroeder

! Transcription of Idi AminĘs requested cuts to the film

! English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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