Friday, 4 April 2008

Wisconsin Death Trip

Image by Charles Van Schaick

Yesterday's post got me thinking about James Marsh's film "Wisconsin Death Trip" which is based on the 1973 book of the same name by historian Michael Lesy. The idea for the book came from photographs discovered by Lesy that date from the 1890's taken by the town of Black Falls resident photographer Charles Van Schaick. The words from local news reports from the time along with records from the local asylum for the insane. From the films website;

"The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by devils and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists".

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