The Hellstrom Chronicle

The Hellstrom Chronicle | Walon Green, Ed Spiegel | US 1971 | 90 Min | DCP

© 1971 WBEI

In this spectacular juxtaposition of documentary and sci-fi horror vision, a fictional Dr. Hellstrom talks about how ultimately insects might win the fight for survival against humans. He has various theories to back up his assumption. They are illustrated with marvelous shots of butterflies, wasps, ants, and many other arthropods, breathtakingly captured by three camerapeople and set to Lalo Schifrin’s unsettling score. The Academy Award-winning The Hellstrom Chronicle still packs a punch today, not least because one has the sense that the good doctor was right about a lot of things. (mk)

Walon Green, Ed Spiegel
Green, Walon & Spiegel, Ed collaborated on The Hellstrom Chronicle after having worked for producer David L. Wolper on the long-running National Geographic Specials. In his career, Green wrote or co-wrote screenplays for famous films like The Wild Bunch, RoboCop 2, and Eraser and directed documentaries in the 1970s. Spiegel (d. 2010) was an editor and second-unit director on Salt of the Earth (1954). Aside from his work as a documentary filmmaker and film teacher, he is also known for his seminal book The Innocence of the Eye – A Filmmaker’s Guide.
Language eOV
Cast Lawrence Pressman
Writer David Seltzer
Editing Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Helmuth Barth, Walon Green, Vilis Lapenieks


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