[act-ma] 3/09 Howard Zinn Presents Burn! at the Coolidge (Mon)

Cheryl White cheryl at coolidge.org
Sat Feb 21 09:50:12 PST 2009

Howard Zinn Presents Burn!

Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard Street, Brookline




Social activist and best-selling historian Howard Zinn introduces his
favorite film, the searing political epic Burn! (1969), at the Coolidge
Corner Theatre on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m, as part of the theatre's
75th-anniversary celebrations. 

Gillo Pontecorvo, the acclaimed director of The Battle of Algiers, explores
colonialism and insurrection in Burn!  Sir William Walker (Marlon Brando) is
called to the fictional island of Queimada to instigate an uprising of black
slaves against Portuguese rule in order to benefit British sugar traders.
Years later, when the same rebels whom Sir William had incited grow to be
too powerful, he is called back to destroy the movement he had helped spawn.
As Walker, Brando gives a complex, intelligent portrayal of a man who is
both gentleman and scoundrel, revolutionary and colonialist.  Brando often
remarked that he did some of his best acting in Burn!

Howard Zinn has long been active in the civil rights, civil liberties, and
anti-war movements, and has written extensively on all three subjects.  He
is professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston
University and has also taught at Spelman College in Atlanta.  Zinn is the
author of more than 20 books, most notably A People's History of the United
States.  First published in 1980, A People's History has sold more than one
million copies, making it one of the bestselling history books of all time.
Zinn has also written three plays:
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daughter_of_Venus> Daughter of Venus,
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_%28play%29> Emma, and
1> Marx in Soho.  He is the subject of the 2004 documentary biopic, Howard
Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. 

Find out why Burn! has made a lasting impression on Zinn.  Tickets are
available in advance online at http://www.coolidge.org/showtimes or day-of
at the box office, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline.  




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