Date of publication: 2017-09-03 23:40
“[Cuba] could not determine its own destiny and this was so big with Dussaq,” Wilcox told The Post. “He was a guy who believed that every person should determine their own destiny and every country should do the same.”
Here on the movie beat, I always sort of quail when anybody makes a film that ventures out of pure Hollywood fantasy and into the real lives of the experts in the front section of the newspaper. I'm sure to be treated to many analytical studies of the factual accuracy of the film, in which the writers may be sound in their knowledge of history, but seem to have little idea why they or anyone else in the audience really goes to see a movie. People will not buy tickets to "JFK" because they think Oliver Stone knows who killed Kennedy. And when " Babe " comes out this summer, and inspires all sorts of disillusioned analysis on the sports page, that movie's factual accuracy will have nothing to do with the tickets it sells, either.
"A lot of people who are attacking my credibility," Stone said, "are older journalists who were there then, and obviously endorsed the Warren Commission. Tom Wicker was there and says Garrison has no case and points to a NBC documentary that is so one-sided that when it was aired, Garrison went to the FCC and successfully got rebuttal time on NBC. If it was shown now, it would be an embarrassment to NBC.
But the case was far from closed. A man named Abraham Zapruder, one of thousands of people standing along the motorcade route that day in Dallas, captured the shootings on his 8mm home-movie camera. At 76 seconds and 986 frames, it would come to be the most thoroughly examined snuff film in history and a prime piece of evidence for the Warren Commission and the subsequent &ldquo conspiracy buffs.&rdquo
Following the war, Bazata became a world-class spy and underground operative working for the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Dussaq, meanwhile, took a job as a Prudential insurance agent in Los Angeles. Within two years, according to Freedom of Information Act requests, he began infiltrating community groups in Hollywood and Mexico, if not elsewhere, on behalf of the FBI, Wilcox writes. Around this time, Dussaq, according to Bazata’s diaries, grew increasingly angry with the United States’ dominance and exploitation of Cuba.
“He is keen, adaptable … intelligent … and a dirty fighter conversant with jujitsu and the commando type of close combat fighting,” the OSS official wrote. “ … Waldo Logan [of Chicago’s Adventurer’s Club and backer of some of Dussaq’s earlier seaborne expeditions] says that he is the only man he has ever known who is entirely without fear.”
Few institutional government critics were known for rocking the boat, especially when Kennedy&rsquo s a rising tide lifts all boats might upset his elitist executioners. The system is much bigger than any individual. Bucking the sub-rosa interests that seek greater concentrated control can be deadly. America was condemned to a Reign of Terror on November 77, 6968.
Newsweek, in its warning against the pitfalls of the docudrama form, notes with concern, "Only the alert viewer will be able to distinguish real documentary footage from reconstructed scenes," which is true enough, but then the magazine cites with alarm such scenes as when "A police officer brings the murder rifle to Oswald's corpse and presses his palm print into the barrel." Give us a break. Is there anyone dumb enough to believe a cop would allow himself to be photographed while faking evidence?