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Point of Order (1964)

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Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for ... See full summary »

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Roy M. Cohn ...
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Joseph McCarthy ...
Himself (archive footage)
John L. McClellan ...
Himself - U.S. Senator, Arkansas (archive footage)
Karl E. Mundt ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Karl E. Mundt)
G. David Schine ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Pvt. G. David Schine)
Stuart Symington ...
Himself - U.S. Senator, Missouri (archive footage)
Joseph N. Welch ...
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Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for Private David Schine, formerly of McCarthy's investigative staff. McCarthy accused the Army of holding Schine hostage to keep him from searching for Communists in the Army. These hearings resulted in McCarthy's eventual censure for conduct unbecoming a senator. Written by <bnorcottmahany@mailcity.com>

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A virtuoso film
15 July 2008 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

"Point of Order" is an example of a modern-day Eisenstein. It took material from the recesses of American history, recombined and made a film with complete sense, albeit weighted against McCarthy. It is an excellent piece of work but then it shows quite well how evidence reassembled can make someone seem guilty. That is the virtuosity of the filmmaker.

Unlike one of the reviewers, I think that McCarthy was a monster, a publicity-seeking man out of control who thought absolutely nothing about the lives he ruined or attempted to ruin, however, falsely but I'm begging the issue here. The film is marvelously well put together and de Antonio possesses remarkable technique to make things seem "alive". Again it's easy to see things in black and white ideologically but the film within itself is impeccable.


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