Death on the Staircase (2004)
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. "The staircase" is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller. Written by Julie Pouillon

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Mike Nifong, the DA involved in the Duke Lacrosse case, appears as an assistant DA in this documentary. See more »

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Maha's murder mockumentary is myopic.
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hoping for another Academy nod, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade unsuccessfully tries to duplicate the gritty, grainy realism that won Maha productions its first Oscar.

De Lestrade's earlier cinematic critique of the US justice system, "Un Coupable Ideal," won the 2002 Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Unfortunately, Maha's second movie about a murder on a Sunday morning fails to capture any of the reality of the North Carolina murder case, and ends up being nothing short of fantasy.

The filmmaker has bent over backward to create the impression that the accused killer, Michael Peterson, is the innocent victim of a wide-spread conspiracy.

Jean-Xavier de Lestrade's strangely biased movie masquerading as a real-life documentary represents a tragic fall from the honesty of his other work.


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