'The Man Who Saw Too Much'
(Enrique Metinides, et al / DVD / NR / (2016) 2018 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: From executive producer Albert Berger ('Little Miss Sunshine') comes this one-of-a-kind documentary. Even as a child, Enrique Metinides was obsessed with images, photographing car accidents in his Mexico City neighborhood and snapping pictures at the local morgue.
Tabloids soon started publishing his photos, beginning his three-decade long career as a crime photographer.
DVD Verdict: Watching this incredible, eye-opening new film, the big question that will come to your mind instantly is: What drives someone to pursue scenes of death and suffering?
From the age of nine, avid cinephile Enrique Metinides was photographing corpses in the street. Despite his age, this passion soon landed him a job in the tabloids, where he was given license to follow his morbid obsession.
Through his work we get to explore Mexico City, as seen through the prism of its crime scenes, and delve into the human fascination with the macabre.
'The Man Who Saw Too Much' is most definitely a meta true crime; one not about the criminals, but the documentarians. Director Trisha Ziff provocatively links journalism and death at the start; the movie opens with inter cut footage of different factories: one publishes the tabloid, with its lurid front-page photos; the other makes caskets, which presumably hold the subjects of those photos, or at least people like them.
We watch and learn as Metinides starts out as a camera-toting child hunting down car crashes who soon graduated to more violent subjects: his first truly jaw-dropping shot, in a career that would be full of them (he estimates heís taken approximately 1.7 million photos), is of a morgue warden holding up, by the hair, the head of a murdered man decapitated by a train.
One of the greatest pleasures of the film is appreciating Metinidesís artistry, of which Ziff includes copious examples. However, like the opening sequence, like the photographs themselves, like the true crime genre, these are stirring reminders of the real violence that threatens all of us, of the fact that every dead person on the front page of a newspaper was a victim of the same unexpected surprise that awaits us all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.