Cinema: Nostalgia at 30

RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN Directed and Written by John Sayles

These are strong, homely, New England faces, sculpted by generations of farmers and teachers, Italian laborers and Irish domestics. They share a collective biography, and a geography that rolls over the Green Mountains and into Harvard Square. Their bodies are solid, their minds restless. They are the children, not only of Kennedy and Galbraith, but of William Sloane Coffin and Abbie Hoffman —of the activist '60s, when getting busted at a teach-in was a required course. Those were the great days, when seven of them piled into a friend's car heading...

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