Today’s film challenge for Day 5 is a film you think is underrated. This is a tough category for me because I am not much of a film critic nor do I feel qualified to critique the value of films. As a matter of fact, I did not like this film the first time I saw it — it assaulted my naive view of the world. It was a favorite of my husband’s so we watched together. As I skimmed the film today, I realize all the nuances I missed when I initially watched the movie.
”Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture” is a made for television movie about a death row inmate who asks a photojournalist to document his execution. It is not an easy watch, but it is a worthwhile watch. It is a disturbing movie reflecting disturbing realities and given our current state of affairs, perhaps worth watching again. But it is a tough one — maybe not for the faint of heart. It does make us evaluate the value of a single person’s life.
The screenplay is written by photojournalist/author Doug Magee based on his book Slow Coming Dark: Interviews on Death Row. The movie stars Roy Scheider, Bonnie Bedelia, and Robert Carradine. The entire movie is available to watch on YouTube and I have linked it here if you are interested in watching.
I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the fifth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!