Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Killing Ground (1979)

Academy Awards, USA 1980

Best Documentary, Features
Steve Singer
Tom Priestley

ABC News Closeup
Directed by Steve Singer and Tom Priestley
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Investigative news-style program produced by ABC and written by Brit Hume, exposing illegal chemical dumping in New Jersey, Louisiana and most famously, the Love Canal in Niagara, New York. Unfortunately, it resorts to confrontational interviews with representatives of the companies involved, or innocent government workers. It also incorporates subliminal editing techniques. The stories speak for themselves, so none of that was really necessary.

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