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The Staircase 

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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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Followed by The Staircase II: The Last Chance (2013) See more »

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Excellent Great Documentary...
4 April 2006 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

Well, first of all this is a great excellent documentary. The Story is great, the characters are so interesting, the edition, the photography and the music are just perfectly blended to the story. One of the things I like the most is that the plot thickens with every new chapter. When someone is shooting a documentary, you don't really know how it will end. Jean-Xavier was the one who bet everything in this particularly story. (To be able to "see through" people, stories, situations is a talent that few people have...) I think he spent 2 years and a half with the family. He got so close with the family that one is able to see everything from inside. That's one of the secrets of this film. I can't believe that after watching 6 hours straight, I was waiting for more!!! It's a great piece of artwork... Congratulations to everyone involved in this production... Thanks for inspiring me and so many people... Rating (1 to 10) Production:9 (the production spent E$1.5) Direction: 10 Photography: 9 Edition: 10 Music: 10 Story: 10


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