Oswald's Ghost

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  • Summary: A decade after JFK's assassination, America's political culture was changed almost beyond recognition. With Oswald's Ghost, acclaimed director Robert Stone offers an unprecedented deconstruction of the mythologies and controversy surrounding what is perhaps the most tangled and far reachingA decade after JFK's assassination, America's political culture was changed almost beyond recognition. With Oswald's Ghost, acclaimed director Robert Stone offers an unprecedented deconstruction of the mythologies and controversy surrounding what is perhaps the most tangled and far reaching murder mystery of all time. Featuring interviews with Norman Mailer, Gary Hart, Tom Hayden, Mark Lane and others, the film probes the deep psychic wounds inflicted by the Kennedy assassination on American politics and culture, the scars of which remain evident to this day. Using a wealth of archival material, much of it never before seen or heard, Oswald's Ghost chronicles America's 40-year obsession with the single most pivotal event of the boomer generation. (Seventh Art Releasing) Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
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  1. In Oswald's Ghost, his vast chronicle of the JFK assassination and its cultural aftermath, Stone uses little-seen footage to assemble the events of Nov. 22, 1963, with a fascinating present-tense density.
  2. Though we had just heard the name Lee Harvey Oswald, I believed he had done it alone. I still do, even more so after watching Robert Stone's meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the killing and the major conspiracy theories.
  3. 75
    Veteran conspiracy buffs probably won’t find much of Stone's material particularly new, but Stone’s film does serve as a neat summary for the rest of us while offering a number of intriguing insights into how conspiracy theories work and what they say about specific cultural and political climates.
  4. The documentary Oswald’s Ghost initially plays as yet another primer on the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the vilification of Lee Harvey Oswald.
  5. While trying to establish whether a conspiracy took place, the film attempts to solve the enigma that was Lee Harvey Oswald.
  6. 50
    Riveting yet ultimately unsatisfying documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    The only obvious question that Oswald’s Ghost raises is: how come Mort Sahl wasn’t in the movie? (If you don’t get that joke, you need to brush up on your Kennedy conspiracy lessons.)

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