Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Waiting on Wednesday
Oh hai! Yes I've been a bit slack on the Trailer Trash Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday posts but here we are at Hump Day once again and I saw something this morning which caught my eye. Not usually one to gravitate towards true crime, murder, and other such nasties the allure of a John Waters narrated documentary demanded my attention. Commonly joked about, Waters seems to pop up in the most unlikely places and seemingly in every talking heads documentary going around. "The forthcoming documentary film by Susan Marks and John Dehn, Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouses with a criminal element. From a wealthy heiress and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to the modern day boom in forensics, and The Body Farm, Of Dolls and Murder promises to take you places you’ve never dreamed of." (www.wildestdreamsmovie.com)
A quick google search later and I'm reading about the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths - a series of 18 dioramas depicting crime scenes made by Frances Glessner Lee - a millionaire heiress. "She designed detailed scenarios, based on composites of real criminal acts, and presented them physically in miniature. Students were instructed to study the scene and draw conclusions from the evidence presented." This comes from the ever reliable Wikipedia... moving on.
With shows like Dexter and the endless parade of CSI spin offs only growing in popularity the world seems fascinated and intrigued by crime, and in particular murder. Though anyone who has lived through such an ordeal will tell you it's definitely not entertaining, we continue to churn out these shows which say otherwise. Of course speak to someone in forensics and they'll tell you it's all a load of hogwash - truth sprinkled liberally with Hollywood dust. This documentary looks to explore this issue, the human fascination with death and the depiction of death so long as it's not our own.
Unfortunately I can't find a trace of a release date and this will most likely be a DVD viewing.