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American Experience (2007)

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For the Baby Boomers, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy took on the same sense of tragedy as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks did for Generation Y -- not only for the effect that it had on the nation's morale but for the conspiracy theories that would follow in its wake as well. In the aftermath of the assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson plunged the country into a divisive and questionable war in part due to paranoia, thus creating an atmosphere of distrust and disillusionment that would linger for decades to come. Later, following the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, President Richard M. Nixon's flagrant abuse of power seemed to be the final nail in the coffin of American idealism. In this documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) speaks with such renowned figures as Norman Mailer, Edward J. Epstein, Tom Hayden, and Gary Hart in order to explore the malaise that still lingers since the Kennedy assassination while drawing telling parallels between that pivotal event and the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy.

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A straightforward documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 29, 2007 | Rating: B-
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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.

November 29, 2007

Stone argues quite convincingly that Kennedy's horrifically violent death will continue to prickle the national psyche.

November 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.

November 20, 2007
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