Thursday, August 22, 2013
"The Gerson Miracle": are we all killing ourselves?
“The Gerson Miracle” (2004) is Cinema-Libre’s earlier film (see “A Beautiful Truth”, reviewed March 29, 2013 here) about the work of Dr. Max Gerson, directed by Steve Kroschel.
The DVD starts with the trailer (as if were part of the film) and builds up emotion a bit before it gets into the story of Gerson’s work and Gerson Therapy, seen through the life stories of about nine cancer survivors.
As expected, the film presents a dim view of the horrors of conventional radiation and chemotherapy, which often sicken and humiliate the patient only to prolong life for a few years and are rarely completely curative.
It also castigates our lifestyles, putting toxins into the environment, putting many of our kids way back in line. This has always gone on, from the days we used lead paint and asbestos, through today, with our depending on processed foods. The film is critical of the way technology, even cell phone use, exposes people to hazards, and admits that the film stock used for the movie is toxic. That may have changed a lot since this film was made.
There's another question: could there be such a thing as a cure for all cancer? Or is "cancer" really a collection of different diseases, to be conquered one by one. There are many common cellular similarities among many of them.
I can recall that during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, many people wanted to put belief in holistic methods. There wasn't much better for a long time, but now there is.
The sound track plays much of the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, with some effect.
Cinedigm has uploaded a free full film video on YouTube, but I watched it with my Netflix subscription.
There are some videos about this film from the New Video Group, which curiously blocks it in the USA for copyright reasons. I haven’t seen this kind of situation before. YouTube says “Sorry about that.”
For today’s short film, I’ll pass along a 4-minute video recommended to me called “Hi-Fashion: Lighthouse”, link here. Note the alien costumes. Note the abstraction, and catchy music. It is distributed on “Paper Mag”.