JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, Oliver Stone relaunches the investigation

Picture of the movie JFK revisited: through the looking glass © Camelot Productions


Difficult to knock out, the director of JFK is not one to give up. Since his 1991 blockbuster, as convincing as it was controversial, Oliver Stone has never stopped digging into the subject of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. The Cannes Premiere documentary JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass opens the pages of declassified files, and lifts the veil on the high-profile case of the century. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Donald Sutherland.

Dialoguist and screenwriter of Midnight Express, presented in Competition in 1978 and director of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Out of Competition in 2010, Oliver Stone resurrects JFK for his return to the Festival de Cannes. A duty of remembrance that the director has felt charged with since 2013; when the media treated the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in a conventional manner, he was annoyed to see that new revelations in the case were kept quiet.

Tired of hearing the Warren Commission quoted, whose work has now been proven to be flawed, Oliver Stone and his faithful documentary producer Rob Wilson set about the task of going through declassified documents and reconnecting with people who were involved at the time, such as investigator Mark Lane. Among the experts are several consultants to the JFK film, such as medical examiner Cyril Wecht and historian and retired intelligence officer Major John Newman, who address two key questions: Kennedy’s willingness to withdraw from Vietnam, and the possible links between the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald, the former president’s official killer. The documentary methodically reveals to what extent the attempts to conceal the assassination were botched, while also relaying the least questionable evidence. Important documentary evidence, presented alongside JFK (Director’s Cut) at the Cinéma de la plage.