27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

original title: JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass
country: United States, United Kingdom
year: 2021
running time: 118 min.


Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and author Oliver Stone comes back to where it all began, 30 years after the release of his film JFK. JFK Revisited could be considered a spiritual sequel to his legendary 1991 movie, though it does not depart from the genre basis of an intellectual detective thriller, since this time, it is a factual, speculative and, unsurprisingly, a healthily provocative documentary investigation. Stone, inspired by the book, Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case, relentlessly plunges into thousands of declassified documents from the CIA and FBI archives, and tries to put the assassination of the 35th US president, surrounded by many myths, into social and political contexts of now and then. “This documentary represents an important link to my 1990s movie, JFK. It really weaves many threads and refuses most ignorance around the film and the case itself,” the director, ex voluntary soldier and Vietnam veteran told Variety magazine. With his documentary, Stone once again challenges the thin lines between hard facts and conspiracies, once again tries to find out the “truth” about life, political legacy and real reasons behind the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Not for a single moment does he forget to provoke his viewers to stay vigilant, curious and to critically assess the world and the events around us.


Oliver Stone (1946), Manhattan-born director, screenwriter and author. Three-time Oscar winner for his films from the so-called “Vietnam War series”: Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and for his screenplay to the film adaptation of Midnight Express (1978). From September 1967 till April 1968, he volunteered for service in Vietnam where he was wounded two times. After his return to the US, he received the Bronze Medal for Courage and following the war, he finished his studies in film directing. He then took up a job as a taxi driver in NYC, and once in Hollywood, he built up a prestigious position as a brilliant, though awkward screenwriter (Scarface, 1973, among others) and a heavy cocaine abuser. His conflicting body of work is based on original and often very personally shaped frescoes aiming at bringing the viewer to make use of critical thinking, discuss and learn more, even at the cost of stirring conflict. It manifests itself in his already mentioned autobiographies from the Vietnam War, the luring detective investigation, JFK, a portrait of devouring power, Nixon, a colossal ode on Alexander the Great, or in his unfathomable TV documentary series, The Untold History of the United States. His dominating authorial and life values include freedom of speech and, most of all, a persistent search for truth, or an unceasing passion to understand the past and due to this, to better grasp the present.
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