A fascinating portrait of “thoughtographer” Ted Serios, a hard-drinking Chicago bellhop who caused a sensation in the sixties with his psychic ability to produce hundreds of Polaroid images from his mind.
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Not sure what to do with this 'documentary'. The description is misleading. It's not science. It's not ESP. It's more like a demonstration of sleight of hand where the magician pretends it's real. Does the filmmaker have no responsibility to indicate that he's a fraud? Is the ravings of a psychotic what we're after? A human train wreck a la 'Reality TV'? I'd say this was highly irresponsible.
Archival footage of Ted Serios, who, between slugs of Budweiser, takes a great many selfies, occasionally capturing a vague image of something else via sleight of hand, and gets angry at those around him. Maybe—maybe—it could be interesting as a character study, but it is very brief and no context is provided. Who is this guy?
No set up to the film, and when you realize what's going on, turns redundant. I did enjoy the quality and projection of the film that had the gravitas of a 1960s news reel that created a feeling of suspense in spite of the lack of story line.
Barely entertaining enough to justify its length, a bit redundant. The use of "gismos" is a huge tip-off that it's simply a magic trick. Is the viewer meant to recognize this so early on? Or are we really to believe that this is "magic"? I don't know, it just kind of wandered along randomly...but maybe they did the best they could using what limited original footage was available. Agree on there being no context.
though I only stayed w/ it so that I could seriously jones on (that) Polaroid film, which, needless to say, is no longer available.
Then again, my old skool Polaroid camera got recently stolen, so, never mind