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The Staircase -- A witness for the prosecution provides a statement that could damage Michael Peterson's defense, and expose a secret life.
The Staircase -- The defense team weighs the facts in Michael Peterson's murder trial.
The Staircase -- Peterson recounts the night of 12/9/01.
The Staircase -- Detective recounts arriving on the scene.


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Release Date:
June 2004 (USA) See more »
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller... See more »
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The Daily Beast: "At the Bottom of The Staircase"
 (From Televisionary. 4 March 2013, 9:23 AM, PST)

TV highlights 04/02/2013
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 3 February 2013, 4:05 PM, PST)

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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 21)
Ron Guerette ... Himself (8 episodes, 2004)
David Saacks ... Himself (2 episodes, 2004)

Series Directed by
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Allyson Luchak .... producer (unknown episodes)
Denis Poncet .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Joel Goodman (unknown episodes)
Jocelyn Pook (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Pierre Milon (unknown episodes)
Isabelle Razavet (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Jean-Pierre Bloc (unknown episodes)
Sophie Brunet (unknown episodes)
Adam Lichtenstein (unknown episodes)
Scott Stevenson (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Sonda L. Rowland .... painter (unknown episodes, 2007)
Series Sound Department
Benoit Degornet .... dialogue recordist (8 episodes, 2004)

Christophe Moreno .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2004)
Anne-Laure François .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Tristan Jaoul .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Sébastien Wera .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade .... cinematographer: additional scenes (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Christian Riffard .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2004)
Series Other crew
Mathias Farrugia .... subtitler: French (4 episodes, 2004)
Series Thanks
Christian Riffard .... thanks (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Soupçons" - France (original title)
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France:360 min (8 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Murder In My Heart For The Judge, 18 April 2009
Author: valis1949 from United States

THE STAIRCASE is protracted and meticulous, yet a fascinating study of how a 'Dream Team' legal defense is organized and executed. In December of 2001 acclaimed author, Michael Peterson, was accused in the death of his wife, Kathleen. It was his contention that Kathleen slipped and fell on a staircase in their home after an evening of wine and relaxation, while the prosecution maintained that Mr. Peterson had bludgeoned his wife, and positioned the body to appear as an accident. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, the writer/director, has culled this account from more than six-hundred hours of taped documentation. Every aspect of the case is dissected and examined in great detail, and the viewer watches as each piece is crafted into the best possible case for the defense. The film demonstrates how expert witnesses are selected and coached so that the presentation to the jury becomes a calculated performance. The facts of a case are seen as nothing more than elements in a construction to portray the defendant in the most positive light. Truth is of secondary importance, and it is clear that in the American justice system, only the wealthy can receive anything approaching fairness. If you are a fan of The Courtroom Procedural, THE STAIRCASE is well worth your attention. Superb soundtrack by Jocelyn Pook.

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