It leads one to wonder how the media firestorms of the late twentieth century—the O.J. Simpson trial or the Clinton impeachment, say—would play when blown up to 35mm and projected on a theater screen. Would they play as farce the second time, or merely reinforce the fact that they were farce to begin with?
A fascinating slice of remembered history. Producers Emile de Antonio and Daniel Talbot have edited miles and miles of the 1954 Army-McCarthy kinescopes into a compact 97-minute Punch-and-Judy political spectacle ending in the pratfall of a demagogue. The Messrs. De Antonio and Talbot may be criticized by the Right for liberal bias and by the cinéma vérité people for a lack of objectivity. Neither criticism is particularly well taken.