General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

Barbet Schroeder

 
General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait (Criterion Blu-Ray)

12 Dec 2017

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  • France
  • 1974
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #153

In 1974, Barbet Schroeder went to Uganda to make a film about Idi Amin, the country’s ruthless, charismatic dictator. Three years into a murderous regime that would be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans, Amin prepared a triumphal greeting for the filmmakers, staging rallies, military maneuvers, and cheery displays of national pride, and envisioning the film as an official portrait to adorn his cult of personality. Schroeder, however, had other ideas, emerging with a disquieting, caustically funny brief against Amin, in which the dictator’s own endless stream of testimony—charming, menacing, and nonsensical by turns—serves as the most damning evidence. A revelatory tug-of-war between subject and filmmaker, General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait is a landmark in the art of documentary and an appalling study of egotism in power.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Barbet Schroeder, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Schroeder
  • New interview with journalist and author Andrew Rice about Idi Amin’s regime
  • PLUS: An essay by critic J. Hoberman

Film Essays

General Idi Amin Dada

By David Ehrenstein May 13, 2002

Though he wasn’t widely known to most moviegoers until 1990’s Reversal of Fortune, serious film enthusiasts have followed the career of Barbet Schroeder for close to half a century. His work as . . . Read more »

Film Essays

General Idi Amin Dada

By David Ehrenstein May 13, 2002

Though he wasn’t widely known to most moviegoers until 1990’s Reversal of Fortune, serious film enthusiasts have followed the career of Barbet Schroeder for close to half a century. His work as . . . Read more »

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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait (Criterion DVD)

12 Dec 2017

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