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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1966 Documentary Rush to Judgment

This is part of Emile de Antonio's 1966 documenary, Rush to Judgment, based on Mark Lane's bestselling critique of the Warren Commission Report. In contrast to your average contemporary documentary, de Antonio's film employs zero cinematic artifice - it's so rudimentary. I also like two of Mark Lane's witnesses, Mrs. Hamilton and pianist Joseph Johnson, intriguing minor characters in their own right. She went from bartender and waitress for Jack Ruby to freelance police investigator to owner of a stable. But I like Johnson best. He adds the only moment of anything approaching style to the film, accompanying his interview on the piano, and seems to be in a private reverie while answering Lane's questions.

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