Oliver Stone Conspiracy Analysis

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In class, the discussion around JFK was centered around whether or not Oliver Stone was a conspiracy theorist, and whether or not he actually believed what he was putting on film. It is fair to say that Oliver Stone, whose purpose in filmmaking was to “start to change things” (Carnes, 270), would not purposefully mislead his audience into believing something blatantly untrue, therefore it is safe to say that Oliver Stone does believe in the vast conspiracy surrounding John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The reading in Carnes’ Past Imperfect does not strongly go into the subject of the conspiracy theory surrounding the assassination and the report by the Warren Commission, but it does delve into the political motivation laid out in the film and …show more content…
Edgar Hoover are “accomplices after the fact,” and implies that not only is there a government conspiracy surrounding the assassination of Kennedy, but the strings of that conspiracy are likely being pulled by some international shadow government. The film implies, through the fabricated character of X, that the reason why no one has tried to harm or assassinate Garrison is because the case has made him too high-profile to remove without raising questions, “You 've become a significant threat to the national security structure. They would have killed you already but you got a lot of light on you. Instead they 're trying to destroy your credibility.” Yet these same people (according to Garrison) are willing to assassinate a president of the United States, a presidential candidate, and an extremely public civil rights leader. The argument doesn’t hold water, or as Senator Long would put it, “that dog don’t …show more content…
If the motive does not make sense, then the rest of the assertions about the conspiracy surrounding the assassination also start to fall apart. The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a confusing thing. If there was only a lone gunman, then the shot that he pulled off was nothing short of amazing. If there are no secrets surrounding the assassination, then why has the government not released the classified documents concerning the assassination? There are questions to be asked about the assassination, but there is also a right way to ask them, and asserting that everything the government tells the public is a lie, and that vast conspiracies are behind many major events in United States history, via a mainstream Hollywood movie is not the way to ask those questions. Questions should not come in the form of

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