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Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune (2011) Movie Information

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Kenneth Bowser


Phil Ochs
Joan Baez
Christopher Hitchens
Tom Hayden





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Documentary exploring Phil Ochs, a musician who may have been overshadowed by his contemporaries, but whose music still resonates today despite his elusive commercial success. -- Chris Kavan

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Although it follows the usual documentary chronological format of tracing the major elements of Phil Ochs' life, the film succeeds in creating a narrative using only dialogue from interviews, as well as direct quotes from many of Ochs' songs. The absence of a narrator makes the film feel more like an immersion into, rather than a dramatization of, the singer's life. As far as expanding on Och's place in musical, as well as political, history, the film succeeds and is, to date, the best investigation of an often forgotten folk hero's life and work.

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