Point of Order

Point of Order

DVD - 2005
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A compilation of TV coverage of the 1954 McCarthy-Army hearings, where the Army accuses Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special treatment of one of the senator's aides.
Publisher: [New York] : New Yorker Video, 2005.
ISBN: 9781567303858
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 97 min.) : sd., b&w . ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 29, 2019

In 1964, Emile de Antonio looked through a couple of hundred hours of kinescope material (transferred to 16mm film) of the CBS footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, which were televised from April 22 to June 17. De Antonio edited the footage into a documentary a little over 90 min. in length. Even so short a documentary, given the amount of footage available, explains the issues of the hearings (the Army and Sen. Joseph McCarthy each claiming the other exerted undue pressure for favorable outcomes), and captures the most dramatic moments.
At the time, it was customary for documentaries to have voice-over narration. De Antonio decided to let the images and the soundtrack of the hearings speak for themselves, and it was the right decision, though Mike Wallace, who was supposed to do the narration would have done a great job.
This film is well worth the viewing. I watch it every April, and have probably seen the film more than 20 times.


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