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51 Ratings

Point of Order

Directed by Emile de Antonio
United States, 1964


Compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for Private David Schine, formerly of McCarthy’s investigative staff.

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Point of Order Directed by Emile de Antonio

Critics reviews

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?
January 25, 2013
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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.
January 16, 1964
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