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A Matter of Fat

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A rather astonishing film showing how one man shed nearly half his body weight--63.5 kg of it (140 pounds)--by complete starvation under hospital observation. What brought him to so desperate a course, and how he managed to cope with it, is told with candor and humour by the fat man himself. Lorne Greene narrates the rest. Between times, the film leaves Gilles Lorrain and his lonely struggle to examine what other overweight people are doing, singly or in groups, to reduce to more normal proportions. Medical authorities comment on some misconceptions and malpractices of the slimming industry.

1969, 98 min 42 s

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Gold Medal
International Film Festival
June 19 to 26 1971, Atlanta - USA

Special Jury Award
International Film Festival
June 19 to 26 1971, Atlanta - USA

Blue Ribbon Award
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 11 to 15 1971, New York - USA

Etrog for Best Film over 30 minutes
Genie Awards
October 3 1970, Toronto - Canada