Wednesday, November 15, 2023

DOWN IN DALLAS TOWN (2023) opens at at Cinema Village Friday

If you are curious about the JFK assassination but thought every angle had been covered then you need to see Alan Govenar’s DOWN IN DALLAS TOWN, a look at the way people remember the assassination and its influence in a variety of places.

This is a one of a kind cinematic trip that is one part documentary and one part essay. It’s a film that throws it’s net very wide and pulls together all sort of odd subjects  such as gun control, homelessness, conspiracy theories not to mention numerous other things via an interview with Mary Ann Moorman who took a Polaroid at the instant a bullet hit JFK, songs, news articles and various talking heads. It’s a film you have to belt in with and just go with.

How is it? It’s interesting, but I don’t know what to say beyond that. I’m a JFK nut so I had a great time ducking in and out of the dark corners it highlights, but at the same time I honestly don’t know if it adds up to much. It’s not that there is anything wrong with what is here, rather the film is reaching out toward too many different things and as hard as Govenar tries to tie it all together pieces just slip away.

Is it worth seeing?

If you are a JFK enthusiast yes. If you’re not, maybe. I say that because I’m open to anyone reaching for the stars even if they don’t quite make it. Hell the various JFK songs are worth the price of admission alone.

It begins November 17 at Cinema Village in NYC

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