69th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
A complex and challenging film in every sense, American Dreams recounts the history of the USA from 1954 to 1976. It represents an iridescent blend of three elements, weaving them into a multifaceted narrative. The dominant visual element of the film are baseball cards relating to the legendary Milwaukee homerun champion Hank Aaron. The soundtrack consists of music (pop songs which Benning considers emblematic for each of the years in question) and radio broadcasts (advertisements, political speeches, an interview with Elvis Presley talking about the supposed dangers of Rock ’n’ Roll, etc.). The third element is a handwritten text, scrolling by on the bottom of the image— these are excerpts from the diary of Arthur Bremer, the man who tried to assassinate US presidential candidate George Wallace in 1972.
language: English - s/t Italian