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Capturing the Friedmans
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Andrew Jarecki


Watching Andrew Jarecki's riveting non-fiction drama is like watching a slow-motion replay of a multi-car pileup; you know it's headed for disaster, but there's no way you can stop watching. On the surface, the Friedmans were a typical 1980s American family. Living in Great Neck, Long Island, Arnold was a well-respected teacher, Elaine was a dedicated mother, and their children Seth, Jesse, and David were model students. But one Thanksgiving, that happy fa├žade came to a crashing halt. After the local police discovered Arnold had engaged in the buying and selling of child pornography, they questioned several students who attended his computer classes in the Friedman basement. What they revealed would shock the community, and destroy the Friedman family forever. The subsequent investigation and trial uncovered even deeper hidden secrets at an alarming rate, creating a rift between Arnold and Elaine that would never be reconciled. Jarecki uses present day interviews with Elaine, Jesse, and David, as well as Arnold's brother Howard, to provide some sort of insight on the situation, but it backfires, for everyone has a different story to tell. And then there is actual home video footage of the family in the midst of the hurricane, which gives the film an eerie, voyeuristic charge.

GENRES - documentary

Film Info

RUNTIME - 107 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2003

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

SUBTITLES - English, Spanish, French

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen

Director

Andrew Jarecki

Producer

Andrew Jarecki

Producer

Marc Smerling

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