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The Sunday Video: The Hellstrom Chronicle

The Hellstrom Chronicle, 1979.

“The Earth was created not with the gentle caress of love, but with the brutal violence of rape.” - Nils Hellstrom, M.S., Ph.D.

Produced in 1979 by Walon Green for the Entomology department of Florida Atlantic University, The Hellstrom Chronicle stands alone as the most unnerving, creatively directed and frankly brilliant nature documentaries of all time. If one were so inclined, one could glean a lifetime’s worth of writing from this one film. It is, without comparison, the single most portentous and devastating account of our species’ collective arrogance to date, brought with ease to the hither-to parched lips of perfection by sublime creative direction by Ed Spiegel and gut wrenching and at times cacophonous music by Lalo Schifrin.

Starring Lawrence Pressman as Nils Hellstrom, M.S., Ph.D, a fictional character whose terrifying statements relating to the impermanence of the human species were synthesized from opinions of the time, The Hellstrom Chronicle, despite its drama, is factual and its statements comparing human and insect sociology, no matter how unreasonable Pressman makes them seem, have been reviewed and corroborated by Roy Snelling and Charles Hogue, Ph.D., of the Entomology Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.

Please note that as this is a rare film we have decided to present it in its entirety.

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The Sunday Video: The Hellstrom Chronicle