The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, has arguably spawned extra conspiracy theories than every other incident in American historical past, and nobody has hypothesized concerning the nefarious forces at play on this murder extra publicly, and feverishly, than Oliver Stone. The acclaimed director’s star-studded 1991 thriller JFK turned the tragedy right into a nationwide guessing recreation of motives, culprits and covert machinations carried out within the shadows, pointing fingers in so many instructions that, immediately, it looks like a progenitor of our current fake news-addled reality. Relying on who you ask, JFK cemented Stone’s legacy as both a firebrand keen to talk reality to energy, or a crackpot misplaced in a haze of make-believe.
Now, 30 years later, he’s returned to the scene of the crime.
Primarily based on Future Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case by James DiEugenio, the doc JFK Revisited: By way of the Wanting Glass goals to put out concrete solutions about Kennedy’s homicide and, in doing so, to validate Stone’s prior fictionalized tackle the topic. Premiering Nov. 19 on Showtime (following its debut at this previous July’s Cannes Movie Competition), it’s a typical Stone effort, without delay complete and overstuffed, compelling and tiresome, certain of its personal authoritativeness and but unwilling (or unable) to supply definitive proof for its claims. Narrated by Stone, Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Sutherland, the final of whom additionally co-starred in JFK, in addition to sometimes that includes Stone himself on digicam, it’s a non-fiction inquiry that’s packed to the gills with names, dates, faces, paperwork, occasions, conversations, conjecture and talking-head commentary from a wide range of authors and teachers. If ever a film was without delay exhaustive and exhausting, that is it.