The Last Cigarette

The Last Cigarette

DVD - 2007
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A look at the smoking culture in America, beginning with the pro-cigarette ads of the '20s, '30s, and '40s to the anti-smoking movement of the '90s. A compilation of Hollywood clips, vintage cigarette commercials, anti-smoking scare-films, Congressional battle-footage, smoking esoterica and much more examines how we got to this point in the smoking battle. Casts a satirical eye on the notably uncivilized tactic employed by both sides in today's smoking wars.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : New Yorker Video, [2007]
ISBN: 9781567304657
Branch Call Number: DVD 362.296 Last
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (82 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert


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Nov 24, 2016

For starters - Even though I thought that this 1999 documentary about the seduction of cigarette smoking verses the reality of cigarette smoking was quite competently produced, it was actually far too long for its own good.

With a full running time of 80 minutes, I seriously think that if a good fifteen minutes had been axed from this time, it wouldn't have negatively affected this documentary's resounding impact one bit.

Directed by Kevin Rafferty - The Last Cigarette's format was certainly quite cleverly presented.

Like a surreal collage of non-stop images featuring vintage TV commercials and film clips focusing on cigarettes, Rafferty interlaced these with the reality of a 1994 Supreme Court hearing where seven reps from America's major tobacco companies were ruthlessly cross-examined by Judge Waxman, who demanded that these charlatans admit to the fact that smoking cigarettes does cause cancer.

Anyway - Even though The Last Cigarette was somewhat over-long, it was still well-worth a view.


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