JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass


Reviewed by: Richard Mowe

JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass
"It’s quite a maze to pick your way through as a viewer and Stone does his best ease the path." | Photo: Courtesy of Deauville Film Festival

The temptation to return again to the scene of the crime must been irresistible to director Oliver Stone, who delivers an addendum to one of his most controversial films JFK, which dealt with the assassination of John F Kennedy.

Thirty years on he has gone even deeper into the history in a documentary that will raise of the hackles of those who label the veteran filmmaker a conspiracy theorist.

With documents previously classified now being released for the first time, Stone takes a forensic analysis of the latest material, including inconsistencies in Kennedy's autopsy, the handling of key pieces of evidence and Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged ties to the CIA. And, of course, there remains what he considers the murky dealings of the US intelligence services.

It’s quite a maze to pick your way through as a viewer and Stone does his best ease the path. Many will start to swoon at the deluge of detail, the talking heads, and the documentary footage.

The current two-hour version has been curtailed from an original cut that was almost twice the length. A mini-series might be even more digestible.

Stone contends that people are “scared of the truth” and that America is keen on censoring itself. He remains one of the few commentators and film-makers who no know such boundaries.

Uk and Ireland release is scheduled for later in the year.

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2021
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Thirty years after his film JFK, filmmaker Oliver Stone takes viewers on a journey through recently declassified evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy.
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Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: James DiEugenio

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Whoopi Goldberg

Year: 2021

Runtime: 115 minutes

Country: US

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