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Documentary filmmaker Kevin Rafferty (The Atomic Cafe) aims at smokers, ex-smokers, non-smokers, potential smokers--in short:, everyone in The Last Cigarette. One billion people smoke every day. They are not, for the most part, ignorant of the dangers. Why do they do it? Simple physical addiction to nicotine explains why many continue to smoke, but why, knowing the dangers, did they start? The Last Cigarette looks at the mysterious appeal of tobacco, its mythology and cultural significance in history in order to understand this appeal. It's an examination of how we got from there to here and casts a satirical eye on the notably uncivilized tactics employed by both sides in today's smoking wars. A compilation of Hollywood clips, vintage cigarette commercials, anti-smoking scare-films, Congressional battle-footage, smoking esoterica and much more, the film was created from a vast panorama of archival materials. The Last Cigarette is to smoking what Rafferty's The Atomic Cafe was to nuclear warfare: an entertaining and irreverent exploration of a deadly subject.


Studio New Yorker Films
SKU 205069042
UPC 717119719746
UPC 14 00717119719746
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Cast & Crew
Francois Keraudren - Director
Jan Rofekamp - Producer
Kevin Rafferty - Director
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review This has been the smoking century. Cigarettes got big as the century began, and in the '20s a whole generation of young women announced their liberation by taking up the habit. In the '30s and particularly the '40s, smoking was associated with good things -- glamour, sex, even heroism...Interspersed throughout the documentary as a visual anchor are great moments from the 1994 congressional hearings on tobacco...The vintage cigarette commercials are fascinating. Many show women smoking with a suggestive luxuriousness, not unlike the women in the smoke porn videos. They also evince an attitude toward smoking that is distinctly midcentury. While magazine ads of the '20s and '30s, as well as the '80s and '90s, try to make smoking cool, advertisers at midcentury tried to make smoking wholesome...``The Last Cigarette'' has no answers, no point to make and no narrator. It's a collage, artfully pieced together, and amusing the whole way.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Kevin Rafferty's The Last Cigarette--a companion piece of sorts to his similarly structured clip-fests Feed and The Atomic Cafe, as well as Ron Mann's facile but entertaining pot documentary Grass--takes a bemused look at America's obsession with that other divisive smokable pariah, the cigarette...A textbook case of preaching to the converted, Grass turned the history of marijuana prohibition into one long game of laugh-at-the-squares. Equally glib and entertaining, The Last Cigarette follows a similar tack. But where Grass promoted a clear agenda, Cigarette finds squares to laugh at on both sides of the issue, from tobacco executives prone to Orwellian doublespeak to a nerdy scientist who uses pure nicotine to kill a mouse, illustrating both the drug's dangers and science's knack for arbitrary cruelty. In reducing America's relationship with tobacco to one long bit of gallows humor, The Last Cigarette risks trivializing the danger its subject poses. Rafferty's film mines humor and entertainment out of America's contradictory attitudes toward tobacco, although it begs criticism of his decision to laugh in the face of a force this destructive.
Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor Entertainingly assembled...engrossing and informative.
Erik Mink, New York Daily News Vicious, hilarious, appalling and merciless...terrifically entertaining.
New York Post Does for smokes what Rafferty's The Atomic Cafe did for the bomb...funny and highly entertaining.
The Guardian Possibly the most effective and certainly the funniest anti-smoking device ever made.
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