Thursday, September 23, 2010

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, in The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009) visualize the winter landscape as matching the unhappy mood of the auto workers who are about to lose their jobs near Dayton, Ohio. We get to know several long-time GM employees and understand how they had developed a sense of community. The film's most touching sequence is watching dozens of workers autograph the final truck as it goes down the assembly line (bottom still). Using documentary tools of observation, character study, and editing, the filmmakers suggest the wider implications of the plant's shutdown.
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