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Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip
Actors: Ian Holm, Jeffrey Golden, Jo Vukelich, Marcus Monroe, Marilyn White
Director: James Marsh
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2004     1hr 16min

Inspired by the Michael Lesy book of the same name, Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking, and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the 1890s. The town of Blac...  more »


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Actors: Ian Holm, Jeffrey Golden, Jo Vukelich, Marcus Monroe, Marilyn White
Director: James Marsh
Creators: James Marsh, Anthony Wall, Carol Hirschi, Maureen A. Ryan, Nancy Abraham, Michael Lesy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 02/24/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 16min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Karen H. from SAVANNAH, GA
Reviewed on 9/17/2009...
I have never seen anything quite like this. Very entertaining.

Movie Reviews

Lyrical journey
Daniel Hertzfeldt | 08/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This great film will stamp an indelible image into your psyche. I saw this at a cinema last year and it has stayed in my mind ever since. A more hauntingly beautiful film has not bettered this faux documentary about the lives our ancestors lived...and how things really have not changed."
Cursed Or A Typical Town?
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 06/20/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It is the late 1890's in the town of Black River Falls, Wisconsin and everything is going to hell. There is a diphtheria epidemic that wipes out the children and a long lasting economic depression. Soon after, many of the residents lost their grip on reality and commit suicide and murder in some bizarre and startling ways. James Marsh's documentary pulls the viewer in with these macabre tales and underscores them with color reenactments of some of the events. These reenactments, however, tend to take away from the mysteriousness of the story and keep reminding us that we are over a century away from this event and this is, after all, just a documentary. If only Marsh had kept it all black and white and interspersed more of the real photographs of the townspeople (Black River Falls had its own resident photographer), then it might seem more eerie. It also raises the question that this might not have been that unusual during this period of time in rural America. Black River Falls just happened to have well documented these events. Still, as a reflection of a time when life was hard and times were tough, Marsh succeeds in finding some truly strange occurrences. It's almost as if a curse was placed on this one small town. Iam Holm narrates and his foreboding voice is perfect."
The not so "Good Old Days"
Daniel Hertzfeldt | 12/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The most striking features of this little dark gem of a film that make it emminently watchable are the beautifully composed black and white shots, often rendered through unusual angles, and the simply elegant soundtrack composed of classical tracks mixed in with modern classical/folk. I found myself being pulled back in time as the film unravelled its stories and slowly steamrolled me over by the sheer volume of misery experienced by the northern immigrant communities. It makes one wonder how much of the small town, everyday life variety of American history is glossed over and forgotten about. Sadly, I think you could have made this film about any number of areas of the US and the human experience between 1850 and 1950 and you would find similar tales of suffering, strife and moral collapse. This should be required watching for those who still believe that there ever was a such thing as the American dream."