CERTAIN KIND OF DEATH
Blue Hadaegh, Grover Babcock
USA 2003, 69 min.
It sometimes starts with a stench, coming from a hotel room. Someone complains to the landlord. He lets himself in and finds a corpse, alone and dead for weeks. Meet one of the stars of A Certain Kind of Death.
What happens to unclaimed and sometimes unidentifiable corpses? With stark directness, presenting images unprecedented and indelible, Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock let the procedure for dealing with this obscure but fundamental issue speak for itself.
The film doesnt blink at showing the sometimes bloated and/or decomposed bodies of loners found in dingy apartments or cheap hotel rooms, sometimes long after death; the films most comically human moment stems from such a scene, in which an attractive blond police officer, occupied with a particularly unwieldy corpse, takes a personal call on her cell phone and says, Wrapping a body. What are you doing?
The film presents the grisly subject with discretion, tact and respect for the deceased who mostly fell through societys cracks, and often end up in the modern equivalent of a common paupers grave.
Hadaegh and Babcock clearly went to considerable lengths to gain the trust and cooperation of their workaday subjects, who can scarcely ever have imagined that what they do would earn them a place in the movies.
In attendance: Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock
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