This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the ... See full summary »
A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long ... See full summary »
It begins in 1979 with the chance meeting in a Salt Lake City parking lot where filmmaker Trent Harris is approached by an earnest small-town dreamer from Beaver, Utah. Harris jumps at the ... See full summary »
This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the living they leave behind. Our senses are shown no mercy as we witness the brutal execution of a Phillippine Guerrilla. We are literally taken inside a cremation chamber while a human body melts and finally crumbles into nothingness. We witness-first hand- doctors trying to save a victim of multiple stab wounds, all close up, in graphic detail leaving nothing to the imagination. For those who think they have seen it all, Of the Dead, dares to be seen. Written by
1st watched 6/9/2002 - 8 out of 10(Dir:Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny & Thierry Zeno): Excellent documentary about how different cultures prepare their dead. This is almost a how-to film on being a mortician with it's very graphic detail about the process, but this is reality as far as they are concerned and therefore I didn't consider it too much. It WAS very difficult to sit through the whole movie because of the emotions that these scenes conjured up for me and some of the graphic portrayals of embalming, cremation, and death by execution but again this is what this movie was about. I appreciated the portrayals without being preachy about who is right and who is wrong. Documentaries usually do this very well because we only see what is real and not acted out according to the writer or director's perspectives and whims. This is not a SHOCK movie although it was in this section at my local video store, but rather an exploration of a subject(which just happened to be death and dying). It also had some scenes about living with death-causing illnesses and even just living with old age which was an interesting and much needed twist to an otherwise very sobering subject. A kind of wrongly categorized film that probably gets bypassed for this very reason but should be viewed at least once by those with strong stomach's and an interest in this subject.
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