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Radium City (1987)

This documentary concerns the women who fell victim to radium poisoning in Ottawa, Illinois during the 1920s. The women worked painting radium on the dials of clocks and would wet the tips ... See full summary »

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Carole Langer
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Marie Becker Rossiter Marie Becker Rossiter ... Self
Charlotte Nevins Purcell Charlotte Nevins Purcell ... Self
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This documentary concerns the women who fell victim to radium poisoning in Ottawa, Illinois during the 1920s. The women worked painting radium on the dials of clocks and would wet the tips of the paintbrushes with their tongues. Interviews with survivors from the industrial tragedy relate their experiences of the poisoning and the bureaucratic nightmare they were forced to contend with in seeking compensation and justice. Environmental concerns are raised, but the ambiguity surrounding the death toll is evident by a lack of death certificates and medical opinions. The feature relies on the sympathy the viewer feels for the victims of the preventable tragedy.

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posted pictures today for the empty tray
2 January 2018 | by greg0658See all my reviews

My involvement was the public showing Tues. February 9th 1988, in Glassworkers Union Hall, Ottawa IL (my birth town). It was on 16mm film, multiple reels & I still own the projectors we used .. set up the event on a 9' wide white paper roll of portable photo background .. I have no pictures of show, but remember Carole catching a stand that was starting to fall by crowd push after the showing, thwarting disaster. I was Carole's driver and spent a couple days visiting in the area, before driving her to St. Louis MO for a tv gig .. pictures of this time I'll try & post into imdb: Carole, the show flyer, Carole & Marie Rossiter (who film is dedicated to), WCMY Radio talk show w/Dan Parker.

My vhs copy is via Cinemax shown July 14th 1988 6pm on then Sammons Communication Cable, runs 1h_45m.

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Produced & Directed by Carole Langer

Photographed by Luke Sacher

Edited by Carole Langer & Brian Cotenoir

Music by Tim Cappello

Scientific advisor Vilma Hunt, PHD.

Location manager Daphne Mitchell .. Associate producer Susan Brand .. Research coordination Arianna Dworsky .. Re-recording mixer Lee Dichter .. Negative matcher N&D Films .. Sound editor Thomas Gulino .. Processing TVC Labs


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

True Stories: Radium City See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Illinois, USA

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Mono
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