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The following article was posted on June 20th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 47 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 47

Cinéma vérité?

San Luis Obispo

Victoria Grostick

I just finished reading Glen Starkey's and Steve Miller's excellent review of Stories We Tell (“Truth Out!” June 13) now showing at the Palm.

 

I completely agree with Steve's assessment of the footage being too good for the ’60s time period. Having grown up in that era, my uncle took many 8 millimeter films of our crazy Italian family and when we transferred them to VHS, some years ago, they were choppy and the color iffy, at best.

 

But having said that, it was great fun reminiscing, so I was surprised to see the quality of these "old" films being so much better than ours.

 

Although I really did like this movie, the biggest disappointment was finding out at the end, via the credits, that the "real family" were actors.

 

It felt like betrayal to me, kind of like being deeply in love and at the end of the affair wondering if it was really "real" at all.