Michael Hogan Posted April 29, 2006 Share Posted April 29, 2006 (edited) In 2004 Mark Sobel produced a film entitled The Commission, which was slated to appear at art film theatres in various locations. To the best of my knowledge, it is not available on DVD. The film was shot entirely in black and white and features many well known actors. A viewing the clips available at the link posted below (highly recommended) indicates to me the film appears to be powerful and accurate in its depiction of problems that faced the Warren Commission. If anyone has seen this, I would be interested in their impressions. The following is an excerpt from the film's website: "I wanted the audience to feel as though I'd edited together previously unseen newsreel film shot in 1964 that I'd discovered collecting dust in a top secret vault." --- the filmmaker THE COMMISSION In the aftermath of the brutal assassination of US President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, 7 Americans of "unimpeachable" integrity were selected by US President Lyndon B. Johnson to report to the American public on all of the facts regarding the assassination, "as far as they can be known". At the end of the term of "The President's Commission," (known unofficially as "The Warren Commission"), all transcripts of the secret meetings of the 7 Commissioners were originally classified as TOP SECRET for 75 years, to have remained sealed from the public until the year 2039! Through the legal challenges of private citizens over a period of years, these transcripts were gradually declassified without publicity or fanfare. Never published for the public at large, the many hundreds of pages of verbatim discussion have languished within the US National Archives for 40 years --- largely forgotten by history, awaiting a reader. "THE COMMISSION" takes the audience behind those closed doors to discover why US National Security demanded that the matter remain Top Secret for 75 years. What unfolds will doubtless shock many. Some may become angered. Some will cry. And afterwards, our view of the integrity of "the greatest murder investigation in the history of the world" will never again be the same. With a distinguished cast lead by Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Academy Award Nominee Sam Waterston, and Golden Globe Winner Martin Sheen. Also starring 7-time Emmy Winner Ed Asner, Joe Don Baker, Corbin Bernsen, Lloyd Bochner, Stephen Collins, Henry Gibson and Alex McArthur, "THE COMMISSION" depicts a complex character study of 7 men of great political power and influence. More than history, "THE COMMISSION" is a powerful commentary on the integrity of the Political and Justice System both today, and well into the foreseeable future. Every American, regardless of age, should see this film --- "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Although Arthur Miller's play "THE CRUCIBLE" was, on the surface, about an injustice in the distant past, the play was actually a commentary on political injustice at the time of its writing. Similarly, with more Commissions going on in Washington today than at any time in recent memory, "THE COMMISSION" tells a story that is more relevant today than ever. Permission is granted to quote from all or part of the synopsis in articles and reviews. http://www.thecommissiononline.com/menu.htm Edited April 29, 2006 by Michael Hogan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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