MUMBAI: Kino Lorber Inc. has acquired the entire worldwide rights of the acclaimed and seminal documentary King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery To Memphis.
Produced for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation by Ely Landau (The American Film Theater collection), King is an epic document of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., from the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott to his assassination in 1968.
Without any voice-over narration, King uses contemporary film/newsreel and video/television footage to convey the boiling indignation of oppressed people and their revolutionary organizing.
Put side by side in the footage are dramatic readings by actors Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward. These sections were co-directed by Sydney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
King was nominated for the an Academy Award (in the Best Documentary category) in 1970and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.