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"The Way It Wasn't" -- George Lardner on Oliver Stone's "JFK"

George Lardner was the last person to see David Ferrie alive. Here is his review of Oliver Stone's JFK:

The Washington Post, December 20, 1991

Money Quotes:

Oliver Stone knows how to make a movie. It's too bad he doesn't know how to tell the truth.

Stone mixes fact and fiction at dizzying speed, stomping on presumptions of innocence, cooking up fake admissions, ignoring contrary evidence, and giving a conspiratorial tone to inconsequential facets of the tragedy that were explained long ago.

And Lardner's conclusion:

Stone claims artistic license for his work. I don't know who gave him his license, but he ought to be arrested for reckless driving.

Previous George Lardner Blog Posts

This post includes notes by George Lardner from a telephone conversation with Jack Martin.

A George Lardner article is included as is his questioning by Garrison's office.

Terrific cartoon from Lardner's article on the film.

Lardner's memo to Ben Bradlee, Editor of the Washington Post, regarding Oliver Stone.

Here is the outline for their proposed book.


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