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||Genre: Biography, Crime, Documentary, Short
||Synopsis: Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall is a moving cinema verite documentary that breaks through the walls of one of Americas oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him. The film draws from footage shot over a six-month period behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating and often poignant account of how the hospice experience can profoundly touch even the forsaken lives of the incarcerated. Written by Anonymous
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"I have a feeling it ain't gonna be long; I'm ready. Eighty-two years
is enough." - Private Jack Hall in Prison Terminal: The Last Days of
Private Jack Hall.
Edgar Barens' Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
personifies the idea and the convention we've long heard about "rotting
in prison." Like its title explains, it focuses on the last days of
Private George William "Jack" Hall, an eighty-two-year-old World War II
veteran with severe respiratory problems that make simple walks to the
bathroom a challenge to settle down from. Hall had a heart attack in
2001 and his been in the infirmary cellblock of the Iowa State
Penitentiary and since then, has remained there, contracting pneumonia
and developing worse breathing over time.
Barens gives us a shockingly intimate and personal look at the life of
Hall, as well as the tireless efforts of the Iowa State Penitentiary's
recently-hired hospice staff, who work around the clock at attending
the needs of patients who can no longer help themselves. We learn early
on in the forty minute short that 20% of prisoners are indeed elderly
and few penitentiaries have adequate healthcare for their patients.
Hall is one of the lucky ones, although judging by the nights he has
had to deal with in recent times, he'd speak differently.
Hall has been serving a life sentence since he caught up with his son's
dope dealer and murdered him in cold blood. Barens, however, devotes
almost no time to explaining this and only allowing Hall to address in
a very brief monologue in the beginning of the short. Now that we know
why he is behind bars at this penitentiary, and because we aren't aware
of all the details, it allows for a less judgmental affair when seeing
how Hall spends his days coping with his many different diseases and
his struggle to adapt to old age. Barens allows us to explore the idea
of dying in solidarity - behind bars where there's little you can do
about it - with the depressing sadness and brutal honesty this topic
deserves. At some points in the documentary, we see Hall interact with
his old pals, many of whom aging men serving life sentences for murder
just like him, exchanging humorous obscenities and verbal banter, but
only for a brief time as Hall's energy is dwindling fast. Even in a
wheelchair, just to say two sentences in a row practically takes away
the man's breath.
When Hall must cater to the idea of his own fate, he becomes very
nostalgic, recalling the hells he faced during his turn of duty in
Germany, stuck in a prison and making a three month commute from one
specific base to another. "I'll never go to hell cause I been there,"
Hall states, recalling the suffering he endured in the German prison.
Forced to watch him suffer is his son, the one who he saved from a life
of drugs and torment in a criminal way. Even though Hall committed an
atrocious act, it's easy to see the human side of this man throughout,
and his talks with his son are as heartbreaking as they are natural and
not put-on for the camera in any way.
Barens directs this short beautifully, never veering into mawkishness
and simply showing the ugliness and the tedium of death at face value.
The other subtlety Barens seems to marvel at for a while is the
vulnerability of Hall over time. A man who was once somebody capable of
taking another person's life is the same man who gets winded just by
saying the man's name. This gradual change isn't shown, but obviously
assumed, and Hall's final days are shown to polarizing effect, giving
time for us to ponder how this man went from a killer to someone slowly
being killed by his poor health.
As the title tells us, Hall dies at the end, and Barens handles it
appropriately, not milking it, not over-sentimentalizing it, but simply
showing it as is. Until this point, Barens has been given unprecedented
access to the most personal moments of the Hall family's entire life.
To treat it with any kind of emotional manipulation would be criminal.
The fact that he gives an already amazing short documentary an amazing
ending just adds to this being one of the best short documentaries in
NOTE: Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall will air
throughout April 2014 on HBO.
Directed by: Edgar Barens.
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