In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California), held a hearing on tobacco products and health. Excerpts from the hearing, where ...
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California), held a hearing on tobacco products and health. Excerpts from the hearing, where the CEOs of the four US tobacco companies testified, are interspersed with clips from movies, educational films, TV commercials, and other promotional materials. Among the topics addressed in the hearing: are cigarettes the single most dangerous consumer product, how many people die annually in the US from smoking, is nicotine addictive, should smoking be banned in public places, do tobacco ads target children? (This historic hearing is referenced in the 1999 film, "The Insider.")Written by
For starters - Even though I thought that this 1999 documentary about the seduction of cigarette smoking verses the reality of cigarette smoking was quite competently produced, it was actually far too long for its own good.
With a full running time of 80 minutes, I seriously think that if a good 15 minutes had been axed from this time, it wouldn't have negatively affected this documentary's resounding impact one bit.
Directed by Kevin Rafferty - The Last Cigarette's format was actually quite cleverly presented.
Like a surreal collage of non-stop images featuring vintage TV commercials and film clips focusing on cigarettes, Rafferty interlaced these with the reality of a 1994 Supreme Court hearing where 7 reps from America's major tobacco companies were ruthlessly cross-examined by Judge Waxman, who demanded that these charlatans admit to the fact that smoking cigarettes does cause cancer.
Anyways - Even though The Last Cigarette was somewhat overlong, it was still well-worth a view.
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