By He Bian, on 19 May 2009
Posted by He Bian
Filed under Conference Entries
A well conceived and thoughtful deconstruction of a term which most people (especially doctors!) will use with scant regard for its historical antecedents. A gentle, well-paced narrative, leads the viewer through an historical exploration of the background to the 20th century invention of ‘case history’. Creative use of text, imagery and music help build and sustain the drama as the story unfolds. A very accomplished production.
A viewer with no prior knowledge might appreciate some of the captions, particularly at the beginning, being held for a second or so longer, and perhaps being slighter larger. Some of the images would have benefited from being held on screen longer rather than mixing or cutting to black before the end of a sentence. This is a personal observation and preference rather than a criticism of the editor’s decision.
A really interesting and impressive film. It has great timing and balance between the audio and the visual: the narration is clear, well paced and fits perfectly with the images being shown. I paused the meningitis scroll down to read more, but that’s less a criticism and more because I was interested and wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. It’s a really faultless production.
I agree with the other comments. The timing is certainly worthy of praise: particularly the combination of images and sound around 2:20.
Very interesting subject matter and an indication that video can be an effective method in illustrating the historical construction of words and phrases we may take for granted.
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