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The implied conclusion (big surprise) of this PBS broadcast film is that Oswald acted alone but that we are not psychologically able to grasp that fact since recent polls suggest 70% of Americans think otherwise.
None of the big lingering mysteries of that day are explained or explored. Are there high tech forensics that can be used today to look at the event? Not touched on.
Only the varying opinions of those involved as newscasters or lawyer and authors. Some glaring contradictions are not followed up like Dan Rather's incorrect original description of the head-snap of JFK after seeing the Zapruder film. Rather is interviewed for the film but not asked that question even though it is pointed out in a vintage clip.
And has anyone done stress analysis audio tests on Oswald's recorded vocal denial of any involvement in the assassination?
Some of the vintage footage is especially sharp.
Engaging but not revealing.
Director Robert Stone seems to have done his homework. His interviews cover many proponents of both sides of the argument. He also goes a step further to present unseen or rarely seen / heard materials including news clips and the actual Dallas police recordings. Stone also chooses to employ some interesting visual techniques in the film as well. For example there is the whirlpool of Oswald and Warren Commission images at the start of the film, the (apparent) black hole of conspiracy books, and the positive / negative effect on stock footage during the playing of the recording of Perry Russo's sodium pentothal questioning. These make the film visually interesting and watch-able, even if one doesn't agree with the facts as presented.
Thus the film's fault lies in its bias. While Stone does offer the conspiracy theorists plenty of screen time to defend their views and for the most part I'll admit the film is pretty even handed. Yet in the last few minutes of the film, Stone seems convinced that the mystery is solved and has been for nearly forty-five years. The film then proceeds to essentially say that independent researchers (that is to say conspiracy theorists) have led the public on a wild goose chase of truly epic proportions.Read more ›
JFK's assasination was a national trauma rivaled only by 911, but what made it most appaling was millions of people like myself, then in high school, had to witness the subsequent assasination of prime suspect Lee Harvey Oswald by some Dallas saloon operator on national live tv. The impact of those four days is immeasurable, but Stone should be applauded for exploring what this meant to a decade, a generation and ultimately an entire society to the present day.Read more ›
It starts out saying that its purpose it not to takes sides in the debate between LN's and CTers: its supposedly noble purpose is to show the delibilitating effect on the American "left" (Note that the rightwing doesn't seem to NEED such paternalistic gatekeeping)
And the aim is to keep it that way. It does not surprise me that Stone aims his film at left liberals. That is where there has been a history of gatekeeping operations (witness Encounter magazine, before you scoff) And no this does not mean that Stone was a willing collaborator in a dinisinformation campaign. Who knows where along the chain of decision making that allowed this film to be seen by millions the disinformation came in. And no it cannot be said with certain that it was conscious disinformation. Yet the Encounter's focus on a similar left-liberal firewall strategyThe Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters to prevent further left curiosity about the CIA suggests it, as does the new book called The Mighty Wurlitzer about CIA domestic front groups.
Just how many American experience films to you see THAT ACTIVELY DISCOURAGES FURTHER PERSUIT OF A TOPIC? The timing is understandable, what with Harvard University Press about to publish David Kaiser's PRO-CONSPIRACY ANALYSIS and with Jeff Morley of the WaPost offering similar evidence in his new book Our Man in Mexico about the CIA Station Chief in Mexico City Win Scott, things are getting pretty desparate for the Lone Nutters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute garbage. After paying due respect to Oliver Stone and Jim Garrison, they turn the conclusion over to that great pseudo-intellectual, Norman Mailer, who says "Oswald... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Basic, general overview. Nothing new here. Worth a look to decide for yourselfPublished 1 month ago by Jennifer E. Kooper
I was alive when JFK was killed----I believed Oswald did it----was then hoodwinked by Mark Lane into believing his manipulation of the evidence----and thanks to the numerous... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maurice
This film about the Kennedy asssasination starts out well but fails to live up to its promise. The second half of the film seems to ignore the evidence discussed in the first... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by J W Clark
My friends and I put this on and laughed non-stop. One of the last feeble attempts by the government (PBS?- NOT A COINCIDENCE) to maintain lone assassin fable. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Lord Buckley
This is not supposed to be another film about WHO killed President Kennedy. It is, as the description above states, a film about how America has searched for answers as to what... Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by smuthdude
Rises above the mindless conspiracy whackjob theories, to present the subject matter for what it is - a tragedy that continues to scar the national psyche. Brilliant.Published on December 4, 2008 by Law Student
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Thanks for that interesting post, Patrick. Your encounter with Stone at the screening gives insight into his closed approach to the subject.
The film came off like a crude experiment in visual hypnosis: showing Oswald repeatedly; showing conspiracy books disappearing into a swirling wortex; and... Read More
Jan 19, 2008 by Randall Sellers | See all 5 posts