Detail

Title ID 62Collection ID333
TitleOperation Correction
Date1961
CollectionHarvey Matusow
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionPolitical/Campaigning
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsPolitical Movements Political Demonstrations
Location
NationalUnited States
Credits
ProductionAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Commissioning bodyAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
DistributorAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
NarratorErnest Besig
FormatBlack & White Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

The film focuses on the political demonstrations held in San Francisco in 1960 against the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the police response with water hoses. The film critiques the Committee's account of these events (as related in the film 'Operation Abolition') and disputes the film's claims of the protest as being a Communist led riot.

Description

This film, held in the collection of Harvey Matusow, was made for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU). It offers a response and critique of an earlier film, 'Operation Abolition', which was produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) and which portrayed a political demonstration in San Francisco in 1960 as being a riot led by Communist activists. In Operation Correction, Ernest Besig, the Executive Director of ACLU offers a rebuttal in the form of a commentary, making use of the same footage, but disputing the accuracy of the claims and the HCUA's description of the events. Besig is seen at a desk reading from a script, with original footage of the student protest intercut with his 'corrected description'.