The Chair

Documentary | USA 1962 | 60'

  • Thursday, 12. June 1997 19:00 hrs

The famous Direct Cinema-film documents the last days of Paul Crumb, a black man on death row in a Chicago prison. At the last minute, his attorney tries to save him from the electric chair. The film is part of the revolutionary »Living Camera«-series, which Pennebaker, Richard Leacock and others produced for the broadcasting company ABC, and reveals insights into the proceedings of a petition for pardon. The fictional elements sometimes make it look like a Hollywood court-room-drama.

A film by
D.A. Pennebaker, Richard Leacock, Gregory Shuker
Editors
Ellen Huxley, Joyce Chopra, Patricia Powell, Richard Leacock
Narrator
James Lipscomb
Production
Time-Life Broadcast New York/Drew Associates Inc.
Executive Producer
Robert Drew