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A straightforward documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy.
[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories.
Though the material is hardly fresh, it retains some fascination, and Stone has assembled Oswald's Ghost well, with few of the stylistic tics that marred his Guerilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst.
Oswald's Ghost is a thorough and systematic primer on how and why the JFK assassination became a generational obsession, and seemed to signal the demolition of at least one version of the American dream.
Stone argues quite convincingly that Kennedy's horrifically violent death will continue to prickle the national psyche.
Impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.
Of course, it doesn't tell us what really happened; that's still shrouded in mystery and always will be, since Lee Harvey Oswald was shot within two days of his arrest.
So long as filmmakers think they're exposing hidden facts, we'll be experiencing the effects of "Oswald's Ghost" long into the future.
The more interesting question to raise might be "What toll does it take on a society when someone as inconsequential as Lee Harvey Oswald can slay someone as historically significant as JFK?
What starts out interesting eventually feels unfocused: Just what was the rationale for making this in the first place?
Taking on the most over-used documentary topic in America, this JFK assassination flick has to produce a new angle. It doesn't do it.
The only obvious question that Oswald's Ghost raises is: how come Mort Sahl wasn't in the movie?
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