Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Elizabeth Barret

image from Stranger With A Camera documentary
still photo from Stranger With A Camera
Calvin Trillin in Stranger With A Camera

Elizabeth Barret's Stranger With A Camera (2000) shows the noxious effects of condescending outsiders documenting "the poor." Barret does not try to explain away the cold-blooded murder, in 1967, of a filmmaker visiting Kentucky's coal country. But she cogently establishes the wrongheaded history of media misrepresentation of Appalachia. Mason Eldridge, an eyewitness to the murder, represents the passage of time (top and middle stills). Calvin Trillin (bottom) reads from his New Yorker article.
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