Cousin Bobby ★★★★

One of the films discussed in the new Jonathan Demme podcast tribute. A perfect synthesis of Demme's approach to humanism. At once, this is kind of an almost tritely stylized documentary about "hey I just rediscovered my cousin!" Except it uses that almost as a springboard to cover some of the most blatant political expressions in a mainstream documentary. The two sequences that end this film—a small victory for a pothole, and a montage of Detroit / LA / other cities burning in the 1960s—are a ying-yang of political montage. Absolutely necessary viewing.

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