Wisconsin Death Trip

January 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Wisconsin Death Trip

NUTSHELL:  Strange mixture of archive photographs, reenactments, and sarcastic narration about life in fin-de-siècle Black River Falls, Wisconsin

GOOD THINGS:  Great vintage photographs and present-day cinematography in the same style which allows film to blend the two seamlessly

BAD THINGS:  Sarcastic narration, lack of point

FEATURES:  Sucky modern day footage of Black River Falls, Wisconsin which touches on the same topics as the archived and recreated material

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  This horrible, totally gay whispering narration whenever the mental hospital is mentioned

NOTABLE:  Based on a book of photos and writings that examined the fears and odd, sometimes harrowing, daily life of the German and Scandinavian immigrants in Jackson County, Wisconsin from around 1880 to 1910. While the book let the materials speak for themselves and provide a commentary about the alleged “good old days,” the movie, was made for the BBC and is mostly a freakshow about small town America.

BEST PART:  The parts with no narration

BEST LINE:  On these occasions she uses cocaine liberally. She explains that it calms her nerves.

CROWNS:  2 out of 5

 


Entry filed under: Documentary, Firebaton review.

W.I.S.O.R. The Departed

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