A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America (1998)

A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Reuben Aaronson Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Allen Moore Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Catherine Shields Editor n/a 172 7000001
Paul Christianson Music n/a 120781 8000001
Stephen Chodorov Other narration 120795 26000001
Nina Gilden Seavey Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Malvina Anderson Martin Associate Producer n/a 171 3000004
Nina Gilden Seavey Director n/a 2 2000001
Paul Wagner Producer n/a 3 3000001
Nina Gilden Seavey Producer n/a 3 3000002
Tom Wentworth Associate Producer n/a 171 3000003
Olympia Dukakis Narrator n/a 120790 1000001
Synopsis
The story of polio's rise to epidemic proportions in 1916 and its eventual eradication through vaccines in the 1950's. The documentary examines America's haunting fear of the disease it could not contain and tells the story of America's transcendence from that fear. The film crew traveled across America interviewing polio survivors, parents, doctors, physical therapists, journalists, and everyday citizens who have been affected by the disease. Featuring thousands of photographs and films from the 'March of Dimes' archives, the documentary presents authentic images from the American polio era which had been in storage for more than 35 years.
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