P.O.V. {POINT OF VIEW}: THE GREEN MONSTER (TV)

Summary

One in this series of independently produced documentaries. This program is an account of Art Arfons' long-time obsession with speed and his latest attempt to break the world land-speed record in his handmade, jet-powered automobile, "The Green Monster." Included in the program are extensive interviews with Arfons, who talks about everything from how he started racing his "Green Monster" in 1951 to his own mortality and the danger he faces each time he tries to break another record; discussions with Arfons' family, including his wife, June, who is less than enthusiastic about his racing; accounts of his many past record-breaking runs from sports journalists Ralph Paulk and Harvey Shapiro and longtime friend and chief mechanic Ed Snyder; conversations with Craig Breedlove and current land-speed record holder Richard Noble, who, together with Arfons, complete the triumvirate of contemporary land-speed demons; an examination of Arfons' 1971 accident, in which three lives were lost; and a look at the strained relationship between Arfons and his brother, Walt, who was also a world land-speed-record holder.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS WNET New York, NY
  • DATE: June 29, 1999 Tuesday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:53:40
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:59503
  • GENRE: Public affairs/Documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Automobile racing drivers
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1988-
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CREDITS

    • Gerard Coslov … Executive Producer
    • Chris Lombardi … Executive Producer
    • David Hess … Producer
    • A. C. Weary … Producer
    • Robert Moses … Producer
    • Anne McGonagle … Co-Producer
    • Ross Katz … Associate Producer
    • Brett Vapnek … Associate Producer
    • David Finn … Director
    • Pell Mell … Music by, Original score by
    • Southern Culture on the Skids … Music by, Original songs by
    • Art Arfons
    • June Arfons
    • Walt Arfons
    • Craig Breedlove
    • Richard Noble
    • Ralph Paulk
    • Harvey Shapiro
    • Ed Snyder