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07.22.2010 | | Posted at 02:46 PM
By David Luhrssen
One of the great lies of marketing, maybe the biggest trick foisted on the public by the madmen, is the notion that bottled water is �purer,� �healthier,� that what flows from the tap. As shown in the award-winning documentary Tapped (out next month on DVD), most bottled water is actually tap water, wastefully packed in environmentally unfriendly plastic and sold at a huge profit. And t...
05.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Most Americans give little thought to where our food comes from. Maybe it�s the instinctive reaction of averting one�s eyes from horror? And the assembly line slaughter of cows, pigs and chickens, and the factories producing unhealthy, junk food corn fructose, aren�t the only sins of American agribusiness. Stephanie Black�s award-winning 1990 documentary H2 Worker (out now on DVD) is a cl...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Landmines are the threat that keeps on threatening. Years and even decades after the end of a conflict, the mines that were sown remain, always underfoot and ready to kill or maim. The documentary Disarm (out now on DVD) concerns the efforts by activists to enforce and extend the Ottawa Treaty banning the production, use and stockpiling of landmines. Problem: President Bill Clinton refuse...
03.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Axe in the Attic opens with footage shot four months after Hurricane Katrina in a misty, ramshackle district of Louisiana. The camera takes in the scene from above before proceeding at an elegant pace up a rutted road, past trees turned to kindling and the rubble of unrepaired houses. Someone lived there once, and The Axe in the Attic worries that no one will ever live there again. ...
12.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
On Oct. 4, 1957 the world was startled when a new moon entered the Earth�s orbit. It was an artificial satellite, the first space probe, and its name was Sputnik. The US was frightened because its Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union, developed Sputnik in secret. If a Russian missile could send a satellite into space, could Soviet technology also rain nuclear warheads on American cities? Sp...
12.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Released after the accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, at a time when Ronald Reagan escalated the arms race with the Soviet Union, The Atomic Caf� was a film in opposition. The documentary on American psychology in the first decade after the bombing of Hiroshima, exploring how the U.S. government sold its nuclear policy and how the public responded, was compelling propaganda for t...
12.04.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The federal debt stands near nine trillion dollars, a sum nearly as incomprehensible as the measure of infinity. David Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, calls it a �fiscal cancer� in I.O.U.S.A. and it�s hard to argue with him. A documentary that seems even more timely now than when it first surfaced earlier this year, I.O.U.S.A. rings loud alarm bells about the health of our nati...
05.30.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
To our eyes the past is black and white. From photographs of the Civil War through early footage of the Civil Rights Movement, the catalog of historical images is drawn mostly from black and white still and motion pictures. Even the existence of color film before the 1960s is startling because of its rarity. The documentary They Filmed the War in Color puts World War II in a different lig...

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