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Happy Mother's Day
© Leacock-Pennebaker Inc.
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Joyce Chopra, Richard Leacock

IMAGE

Richard Leacock

SON

Joyce Chopra

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Leacock-Pennebaker Inc.

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Pennebaker Hegedus Films, Pennebaker Hegedus Films

ISAN : non renseigné - en savoir plus
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

Le 23 septembre 1963, Mary Ann Fischer originaire d’Aberdeen dans le Dakota du Sud donne naissance à des quintuplés. Cet événement rarissime suscite un déferlement médiatique et commercial que Leacock documente sans condescendance ni glorification.

September 23, 1963 was a happy mother’s day for Mary Ann Fischer when she gave birth to quintuplets in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Only the third such delivery, five babies all at once, medical history in small town America. What better ingredients for a great story?  Everyone thought so, including the Saturday Evening Post, which hired Richard Leacock to document the momentous events. Leacock brought Joyce Chopra on board, to record sound, and the two traveled to Aberdeen when the babies were just two weeks old.  What Leacock provided, a few weeks later, was a great film.  What the sponsors wanted was a different film and the turmoil ensued.
Leacock’s version was rejected by the sponsors. After various legal hassles, ABC acquired the rights, and put together their own version of the footage.  What we’re left with in the end are two very different films and a valuable case study.  While the subject matter and even the footage available were the same, the end results are quite different.  A comparison of the two films provides a look at the difference between a cinema verite filmmaker’s approach vs. a network’s journalistic handling of the material, or the difference between show vs. tell. (D A Pennebaker)