Robert Kramer

Robert Kramer

A preeminent filmmaker of the American left, Robert Kramer was a significant presence in the independent film movement of the 1960's. Born in 1939, he grew up in New York City and went on to study philosophy and western European history at Swarthmore College and Stanford University. By the time he graduated, he was heavily involved in political activism, and worked first as a community organizer in Newark, and then as a reporter in Latin America. After making The People’s War, a film on the guerrilla movement in Venezuela, he moved back to New York City and helped to found Newsreel, an underground media collective which produced some 60 documentaries and short films about radical political subjects and the anti-war movement.  It was during this time that Kramer developed his highly distinctive cinematic style, a blending of fiction and documentary filmmaking. In the early 1980's, Kramer relocated to France, where he remained a prolific filmmaker until his death in 1999.

Image courtesy of Keja Ho Kramer

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Robert Kramer
  • Ice

    Directed by Robert Kramer • Drama • 1969 • 128 minutes

    ICE is an innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime. Using a fictitious war with Mexico as an allegory for the conflict in Vietnam, Kramer u...

  • Milestones

    Directed by Robert Kramer and John Douglas • Documentary • 1975 • 195 minutes

    MILESTONES is a lilting, free-associative masterpiece that follows dozens of characters — including hippies, farmers, immigrants, Native Americans, and political activists — as they try to reconcile their ideals with t...

  • Route One/USA (part 1)

    Directed by Robert Kramer • Documentary • 1990 • 125 minutes

    Part 1 of 2 In 1988, nearly a decade after leaving the US for France, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returns. “Back,” he emphasizes. Not “home.” To try to understand the contemporary United States, he decides to travel the entire len...

  • Route One/USA (part 2)

    Documentary • 1990 • 129 minutes

    Part 2 of 2

    In 1988, nearly a decade after leaving the US for France, renegade filmmaker Robert Kramer returns. “Back,” he emphasizes. Not “home.” To try to understand the contemporary United States, he decides to travel the entire length of Route 1, from the Ca...