This adaptation of Christine Chubbuck's tragic real life story shares similarities with the fictional tragedy of Arthur Fleck in Joker (2019). Chubbuck and Fleck both suffer from extreme depression and low self-esteem which cripples them on a social level, both live with their mother whom they frequently clash with, both find themselves unable to fulfill their more optimistic and light-hearted career ambitions in a more pessimistic and cynical society, both pine for an unrequited love interest, and in both cases their descent into hopelessness is punctuated by a final act of violence with a gun on live television. Additionally, the song playing during Christine and George's dinner, "Laughing" by The Guess Who, was later featured in promotional material for Joker (2019). See more »
The Sony television in Christine and her mom's living room is a model clearly from no earlier than the late 1970s. See more »
Written by John Denver
Performed by John Denver
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing America
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more »
Music from the movie
I really enjoyed the 70's soundtrack but found some things disturbing. Some of the songs were beautifully interwoven like "Annie's Song," "Please Come to Boston" and "Rock Your Baby" while other 60's songs were distracting to the feel and style of the movie. The biggest mistake was the song "I'm Leaving It All Up to You" which was a big hit in 1974, the year the movie is set, by Donny and Marie Osmond but instead of using that track the director dug up an old album version by Sonny and Cher from 1966. It was very distracting and the kind of goof that is not necessary if they would have done the smallest research. Otherwise, the cars, computers and clothes were very 70's and helped to set the scene. The Mary Tyler Moore theme was a great addition and I did not find it distracting that they used the lyrics that were changed a few years later. The background news coverage of the Watergate hearings was eerie and set the tone. A very stylish, dark and meaningful piece of art. As a child of that era, I found the film educational and entertaining. Must see.
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