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of dolls and murder dioramaOf Dolls and Murder (2012)

From IMDB.com: “Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. From CSI and real-life forensics, to the Body Farm and a crime fighting granny, John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.”

My thoughts: This was absolutely excellent. It tells the story of Frances Glessner Lee creating her tiny “nutshells”- small dollhouse representations of crime scenes down to the blood spatter. She used these to help train police officers on the art of crime scene investigation. Kind of a pre-CSI. Baltimore still uses the nutshells in a training class today. Super neat.

Warning!: They don’t tell you the solutions to the crimes. No one ever finds out how the crimes were handled and ultimately solved (if they answers were common knowledge, the dollhouse crime scenes would lose their use as a teaching tool).

MV5BMTY4NDY4MDEyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjcyOTkxMw@@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Beautiful Darling (2010)

From IMDB.com: “Candy Darling was a fixture in the New York Off-Broadway scene in the 60s, in Warhol films such as Women in Revolt and Flesh, and became a prominent personality in Warhol’s circles, influencing such noted contemporary artists as Madonna, David Bowie and Lou Reed. This documentary will use a series of interviews, archival footage, and images from Candy’s home in Massapequa, NY. Archival footage includes rare 25 year old interviews conducted by Jeremiah Newton with members of Warhol’s Factory and Tennessee Williams. The film features interviews with colleagues, contemporaries and friends of Candy.”

My thoughts: Pretty good. Pretty sad. I didn’t walk away with any real feelings one way or the other about this one, but it was a good watch.

MV5BMTc5MjU2NTEwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzU0NjQ2MQ@@._V1_SY658_SX450_AL_Miss Gulag (2007)

From IMDB.com: “Through the prism of a beauty pageant staged by female inmates of a Siberian prison camp emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in Post-Soviet Russia. Miss GULAG explores the individual destinies of three women: Yulia, Tatiana, and Natasha, all bound together by long prison sentences and circumstances that have made them the vigilantes of their own destinies. For these women, undoubtedly, life is harsh under the constant surveillance of UF-91/9, but it is no less so on the outside. Today they, their families, and loved ones are sustained by hope for a better life upon release. This is a story of survival told from both sides of the fence.”

My thoughts: When this came up in my Netflix suggestions, I recognized this beauty pageant immediately. Another good one that I don’t really have strong feelings about one way or the other.

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