Cinema: Point of Disorder

Rush to Judgment. It would appear difficult to make a dull film about John Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath. Difficult, but not impossible. Mark Lane has done it.

Lane presented his case for Lee Harvey Oswald's innocence last year, in the bestselling book Rush to Judgment. Though one-sided and full of obvious flaws, the book had a certain coherence and raised disturbing doubts in the minds of many readers. Possibly because pictures are harder to edit than words, the film version nakedly exposes the fragility of Lane's theorizing. Directed by Emile de Antonio, who made an effective movie about the McCarthy hearings,...

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