电影名称 Secret Life, Secret Death
- ——A Film Noir Docudrama
- 类型 纪录片 / 传记 / 戏剧 / 历史
- 国家 美国
- 语言 英语
- 时长 1 hr 25 min (85 min)
A fascinating odyssey of discovery, as Director Genevieve Davis searches for her family's mysterious roots in organized crime. Davis combs through the raw, unglamorized world of mobsters and bootleggers, to ferret out the secret life that her grandmother Minnie led, in 1920's Chicago. At the heart of the family secret, Davis finds an ordinary woman and her young son, caught in a web of tragedy and misery in the crime-infested, sin streets of Chicago. As the director turns over rock after rock hunting down the details of Minnie's secret life, many clandestine characters crawl to light - -- Minnie's first lover who disappeared in a puff of smoke and left her with a baby -- Minnie's unforgiving father -- Minnie's bootlegging, red light district Chicago boyfriend and his crooked family -- Minnie's rum running boyfriend Freddy, who drives Minnie and her young son on booze run up to northern Wisconsin. -- Executed vice lord, Big Jim Colosimo, whose funeral Minnie attends with her 5 year old son -- Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson are interwoven into the story, as minor characters. Later, up in No Man's Land northern Wisconsin, Minnie and her final husband, Johnny, run the shady Hollywood Hotel. There, they entertain Chicago mobsters and the crooked local sheriff, DA and judge, until Minnie's death at the hotel, under mysterious circumstances. The Film Noir docudrama is a visual feast. Many wonderful special effects abound in the creative, visually dazzling storytelling, where live actors appear to walk around inside historic photos. Intriguing, luscious vintage jazz and blues round out this forgotten story of a woman and her young son struggling to survive in Gangland Chicago. Amazingly, Davis single-handedly produced, directed, wrote, designed and edited the movie. The film is based on Davis's ten year research project, which also resulted in the book, SECRET LIFE, SECRET DEATH.
The filmmaker takes you on a fascinating odyssey as she hunts down her Grandmother's secret life in organized crime in Chicago and northern Wisconsin. 'Technically innovative and dazzling' --Gene Siskel Film Center]. 'A haunting story' -- Chicago Tribune. The film is told in a synergistic visual language of intriguing images comprised of reenactments, with actors walk around inside historic photographs. Plus many more exciting special effects. Produced, directed, written, designed and edited by Genevieve Davis, without a crew. They said it couldn't be done - a no-budget PERIOD feature, set in the Roaring 20's and the Great Depression. Made with 85 volunteer actors - including 2 babies and 6 kids - and a host of donated antique cars, trains, vintage costumes, props and locations.
A fascinating odyssey through the unglamorized world of mobsters and bootleggers. The director searches for her family's roots in the Mob, finding her grandmother and father in a web of misery in the crime-infested sin streets of Chicago.