“I figure there’s somethin’ else been goin’ on besides what should be.”
Documentarian Emile De Antonio films lawyer-author Mark Lane speaking with various individuals regarding the veracity of the Warren Commission‘s inquiry into the murder of JFK.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Emile De Antonio Films
Counterculture documentarian Emile de Antonio made a handful of must-see films covering various controversial topics in American history — including Point of Order (1964) about the McCarthy hearings, In the Year of the Pig (1968) about the Vietnam War, and this “alternative view” of the JFK assassination, featuring numerous witnesses whose testimony wasn’t necessarily taken into account when the government crafted its notorious report on the crime. The result is a disturbing insight into how and why conspiracy theories immediately began to circulate, given what seems like clear and ample evidence that complicates the Warren Commission’s findings. Many individuals here seem justifiably distraught — including a man hit by gunfire debris while watching the Dallas motorcycle, a man who witnessed the assassination from a close distance with his five-year-old son next to him, and Abraham Zapruder (who shot the 26.6-second assassination footage seen world-wide), among others. All Americans should make a point of watching this film as part of their overall understanding of what may have happened on the infamous day of November 22, 1963.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Invaluable historical footage
Yes, at least for American film fanatics, for its historical relevance.