The U.S. Vs. John Lennon

Authorized Pictures   |   USA

The U.S. Vs. John Lennon speaks powerfully to our own unsettled times. The film traces Lennon's metamorphosis from lovable "Moptop" to anti-war activist, and reveals how and why the U.S. government tried to silence him. Focusing on the years 1966-1976, it uses rarely-seen archival footage and authoritative witnesses to place Lennon's activism in the context of the times. Scrupulously researched and vividly illustrated, the film illuminates a little-known chapter of modern history, when a president and his administration waged a covert war against the world's most popular musician. Reason for submission in English (up to 150 words): “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” uses archival footage in two notable ways. First, to the delight of historians and Lennon fans alike, the film's archive researchers tracked down relevant footage that hadn't been seen in since it was originally shot decades ago. Considering that John Lennon was one of the most photographed and filmed people in the world, finding *any* unseen footage is significant. Second, the extensive use of archival footage allowed the filmmakers to let Lennon “tell” his own story without the use of voiceover narration, a creative decision that makes the film even more compelling and powerful.