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Oswald's Ghost
Oswald's Ghost
Actors: Hugh Aynsworth, Robert Dallek, Edward J. Epstein, Todd Gitlin, Gary Hart
Director: Robert Stone
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     1hr 23min

The assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 left a psychic wound on America that is with us still today. Few Americans then or now accept that a lone, inconsequential gunman could bring down a pre...  more »


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Actors: Hugh Aynsworth, Robert Dallek, Edward J. Epstein, Todd Gitlin, Gary Hart
Director: Robert Stone
Creators: Howard Shack, Robert Stone, Don Kleszy, Hazel Gurland
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/15/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 23min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 01/15/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Not an investigation and no new insights here, but true to the title, this is a look at the lingering presence of the mystery of Oswald and the assassination that will forever link him with JFK.

The implied conclusion (big surprise) of this PBS broadcast film is that Oswald acted alone but that we are not psychologically able to grasp that fact since recent polls suggest 70% of Americans think otherwise.

None of the big lingering mysteries of that day are explained or explored. Are there high tech forensics that can be used today to look at the event? Not touched on.

Only the varying opinions of those involved as newscasters or lawyer and authors. Some glaring contradictions are not followed up like Dan Rather's incorrect original description of the head-snap of JFK after seeing the Zapruder film. Rather is interviewed for the film but not asked that question even though it is pointed out in a vintage clip.

And has anyone done stress analysis audio tests on Oswald's recorded vocal denial of any involvement in the assassination?

Some of the vintage footage is especially sharp.

Engaging but not revealing."
Aimed At Those Who Will Never Read A Book about JFK ASSASSIN
Boyce Hart | nyc | 01/25/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"To me the most irritating thing about the movie is what I call "genre creep" (It is a relative of the late 1970s tax term bracket creep)

It starts out saying that its purpose it not to takes sides in the debate between LN's and CTers: its supposedly noble purpose is to show the delibilitating effect on the American "left" (Note that the rightwing doesn't seem to NEED such paternalistic gatekeeping)

And the aim is to keep it that way. It does not surprise me that Stone aims his film at left liberals. That is where there has been a history of gatekeeping operations (witness Encounter magazine, before you scoff) And no this does not mean that Stone was a willing collaborator in a dinisinformation campaign. Who knows where along the chain of decision making that allowed this film to be seen by millions the disinformation came in. And no it cannot be said with certain that it was conscious disinformation. Yet the Encounter's focus on a similar left-liberal firewall strategyThe Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters to prevent further left curiosity about the CIA suggests it, as does the new book called The Mighty Wurlitzer about CIA domestic front groups.

Just how many American experience films to you see THAT ACTIVELY DISCOURAGES FURTHER PERSUIT OF A TOPIC? The timing is understandable, what with Harvard University Press about to publish David Kaiser's PRO-CONSPIRACY ANALYSIS and with Jeff Morley of the WaPost offering similar evidence in his new book Our Man in Mexico about the CIA Station Chief in Mexico City Win Scott, things are getting pretty desparate for the Lone Nutters. Their only solution is to dissuade the younger crowd by saying "conspiracy theory" and saying flying saucers as per the X-files formula that is finally wearing away.

Then it proceeds to give "both sides of the story" using outdated sources for the CT side.

Then, while clearly having won its own match-- umpired by itself it denies that any match occured at all and the intention was just to investigate a debilitating psychological state.

This is what is so gutless. It gives an biased point of "both sides of the story" and then denies it had any intention of passing judgement. This might well be what disingenuous means."
Muddying the Waters
Randall Sellers | Philadelphia | 01/16/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Stone's new documentary, Oswald's Ghost (PBS), is another attempt by the establishment media to obscure the facts of the Kennedy assassination. Stone shows us Oswald's face a million times, gives the floor to grandfatherly authorities who claim "no new evidence", and smears conspiracy theorists in a series of slick hypnotic sequences. The passion and work of these independent researchers is nowhere seen in this visually adroit but ahistorical, lopsided, propagandistic defense of the Warren Report.

In the 1970s, it was revealed by government investigation that the CIA had 400+ "assets" working in the US media. One wonders how many assets are ranking propagandists and content gatekeepers in the much expanded US media today, including PBS.

Caesar was not assassinated by a lone centurion; he was attacked by senators. When a nation inherits the mantle of empire, as the US did after WWII, the stakes are raised and the power much coveted. When Kennedy fired Allen Dulles and planned to dismantle his powerful CIA, which had begun to overstep its directive, they went after him. They brought in "defector" Oswald conveniently as a patsy, gave him FBI ties to keep Hoover at bay, sent a crew to Dallas, removed Kennedy's usual security detail, and shot him in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.

What has turned this simple conspiracy into a 44-year-old "haunting" is the media's continuing collusion with the government in the subsequent coverup: muddying the waters with countless phony conspiracy theorists who introduced false leads (LBJ did it! the Mafia did it!) to the discredit of the research community; maintaining a 44-year blackout on so much evidence that has come forward; dancing around the facts and treating the American public like children, for some irrational fear that they should learn the truth and actually participate in democracy. Oswald's Ghost merely extends the coverup.

Biased Movie!
Armand Herpe | MIAMI FLA | 01/27/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Oswald Ghost is a carbon copy of the WC.There is absolutely nothing new it has to offer except the same old Regurgitated story that ''Oswald did it and did it alone''!why not Make a movie that Presents both sides of the issue so that the viewer can decide whether JFK was killed as a result of a conspiracy or by a ''Lone Nut LHO''This movie is a piece of Biased Propaganda design to Confound the Novice who is not a student of the Assassination!!"