March 20, 2013

Madness in the White City

Bill Kurtis, 2007


The world was on the edge of their seat waiting for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The fair, called The Columbian Exposition, would showcase the world's first Ferris Wheel, the first fully electrical kitchen with a dishwasher, spray painting, and even a newly created popcorn confection that would later be called Cracker Jacks. Little did the visitors to the fair know that nearby there was a hotelier, H.H. Holmes,  murdering his occupants in his very own fun-house. What carries this 45 minute documentary is the story. There is beautiful black and white archival photography of the Guilded Age. The large scale of actually creating the fairgrounds is amazing and impressive. It's unique that while such a large scale construction project is really displaying the American spirit at its best, there is a Psychopath right across town revealing the worst side of humanity. Because it is a TV movie you should expect poor reenactment footage, and you will get a dose of that. Overall, an interesting quick watch that should please.

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