William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Wednesday, July 17 th, 2019 at 00:07 am 
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe – Movie Review


William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. The New York Times called him “the most hated and most loved lawyer in America.” His clients included Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Phillip and Daniel Berrigan, Abbie Hoffman, H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Leonard Peltier. In Disturbing the Universe: Radical Lawyer William Kunstler, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore their father’s life, from middle-class family man, to movement lawyer, to “the most hated lawyer in America


This is a fascinating documentary that is made by Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage. His older child was born when he was in his late 50s, and the younger one was born two years later. And it is really a fascinating study of a fascinating man who was basically lawyer from Mamareneck and who was radicalized during the Chicago Seven trial in Chicago. He ended up divorced, moved to Greenich Village, and became the symbol of the radical left, and then defended all sorts of people that weren’t exactly the most defendable. It is a fascinating look, as I said, at a fascinating man looking at him from the eyes of his daughters, the ones who knew him best. Four stars.