Friday, September 2, 2011
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story Of Polio In America: A Good One #113
A Paralyzing Fear is the story of polio in America told in a Ken Burns style using still photographs, interviews with polio survivors, and narration by Olympia Dukakis. It's quite interesting but it often resorts to the maudlin; where the camera slo-mo zooms in on photographs of brow-knitted individuals struggling with the disease while ominous music plays, or manipulating with black and white newsreel footage of smiling children running about on idyllic playgrounds. Well done but heavy-handed, so I'm giving it a barely passing grade. I watched it on Netflix Instant Streaming.
Sorry, no trailer.