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Blue Vinyl (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2002 (USA)
The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary.
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Credited cast:
William Baggett William Baggett ... Self - Lawyer (as Billy Baggett)
Charlie Cray Charlie Cray ... Self - Greenpeace
Daniel B. Gold Daniel B. Gold ... Self
Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes ... Self - Carpenter
Florence Helfand Florence Helfand ... Self
Judith Helfand Judith Helfand ... Self
Ted Helfand Ted Helfand ... Self
Rick Hind Rick Hind ... Self - Greenpeace
George Lucier George Lucier ... Self - Former Director of NIH
Ampelio Magro Ampelio Magro ... Self
Cesare Maltoni Cesare Maltoni ... Self (as Dr. Cesare Maltoni)
Gerry Markowitz Gerry Markowitz ... Self
Jerry Mehan Jerry Mehan ... Self - Carpenter
Ersillia Menadeo Ersillia Menadeo ... Self
Diane Prince Diane Prince ... Self - Cancer Victim


The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary.

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Himself - Biologist: You look at a house like this and the vinyl seems perfectly harmless. It's just sitting there in front of the house; nobody's falling down with any diseases. But that's if you are only looking at the product itself. If you look at its entire life cycle, from the moment it's produced, through its use, to the way it's disposed of, vinyl turns out to be the most environmentally hazardous consumer product on earth. Vinyl is the source of more persistent toxic pollutants, dioxin in particular, than ...
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Eliahu, Second Variation
Written by Marty Ehrlich
Performed by Marty Ehrlich's Dark Woods Ensemble
Published by Dark Sounds Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Tzadik
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Convincing enough
11 February 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Interesting that the two previous 'comments' for this film are from 'film fans' who have opinions about no other films! The complaints mentioned--that the film is based on 'biased' science, and that the spokesperson for the Vinyl Institute was extremely convincing--don't outweigh the considerable evidence on display here. To set the record straight: Judith Helfand DID interview two scientists associated with Greenpeace. She also interviewed a scientist, previously employed by the vinyl industry, who agreed with the contention that, yes, PVC is a potential toxin. There are also interviews with an Italian scientist, other American scientists, and a plethora of PVC victims who became seriously ill after exposure in the workplace to PVC. On a less contentious note, this is one of the most enjoyable 'doomsday' docs out there, and Ms. Helfand is a delightful and entertaining host, even as she points out the obvious: big money will always trump public health and environmental safety.

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