Trillin__A_Stranger_with_a_Camera

Trillin__A_Stranger_with_a_Camera - later testified in. of...

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later testified in. of nttc'mpting to overtlirow tlir gov- fc:tr and stispicion. A number of tcle- I~CII~, Tlic liglit was perfect in tl~c val- le!., ant1 tlic shooting went well. 'l'lico- dtrre Holcomh, the nssociate prodi~ccr of the film, wns particularly struck I]!. jl~~ looks of n miner, still in Itis work kltlthes and still covered with coal dust, .sitting in a rrbckil~g chair on onc of the /wrclics. "He W;IS just sitting tllcre scratching his :Inn in a listless way," Hc,lctlmh s;iid later. "He had nn ex- prcssicm of total despair. It was an cx- tr;lortlinar! sl~ot--so cvocativc of the $uspair of tl~nt region." ?'lie sl~ot of the CII;I~ miner Gas good enough to l)e ill- cludcd in tlic final version of tlic film, and so 'kas a sliot of n ltalf-dozen cliil- drcn wlio, somel~ow, lived with their parknts in or)c of the tiny shacks. Aftct. ghout an Iloiir and a half, tlic crcw was rend!. to leave, hut .someone 1i;ld hoticed a woman come nut of one of tl~c shacks and go to tlie common well to draw some water, and she was asked to relwai the action for filming. As that
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THE NEW YORKER , 181 occ~rr in mountain counties like Harlan and Letcher often seem to occur while someone is in a drunken rage, and often among members of the same family,a father shooting a son over something trivial, one memher of a
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course IAH 207 taught by Professor Johns during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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