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The Chair (1963)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 November 2014 (USA)
THE CHAIR follows in the footsteps of lawyers Donald Moore and Louis Nizer as they fight to save Paul Crump from the electric chair. In the tense days leading up to a parole board hearing, ... See full summary »

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THE CHAIR follows in the footsteps of lawyers Donald Moore and Louis Nizer as they fight to save Paul Crump from the electric chair. In the tense days leading up to a parole board hearing, the men work tirelessly to rescue Crump through an appeal of rehabilitation - unprecedented in the state of Illinois - and, after the hearing, anxiously await the governor's verdict. Allowing viewers to experience the high-pressure chain of events along with Crump, his prosecutors and his defenders, the film opens a window into the politics of punishment.

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14 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Direct Cinema classic
14 March 2009 | by goethe455See all my reviews

American Direct Cinema classic directed and produced by Robert Drew, shot and edited by Richard Leacock. A black convict faces the death penalty by execution in the electric chair. Leacock follows his attorney with the camera as a fly on the wall as he makes phone calls, talks to his secretary in order to build the case for the convict's defence. Leacock also follows the preparations of the execution as the chair is made ready. Meanwhile, the prosecutor is seen playing golf filmed from a low angle (he is very tall). Then we are at the hearing where witnesses speak against or on behalf of the convict. After the hearing it is up to the state governor to decide whether the convict must face execution or not. Thus, the film builds up into the climax when the decision is made public. The film contains small bits of voice over primarily stating facts.


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