One PM Central Standard Time Profiles Cronkite During the JFK Assassination

<i>One PM Central Standard Time</i> Profiles Cronkite During the JFK Assassination

Like too many documentaries, Alastair Layzell's One PM Central Standard takes its premise — that Walter Cronkite was a transformative figure and the assassination of John F. Kennedy was the most important story he broke — less as a starting point and more as a singular notion to continually reinforce.

It also features the typical array of celebrity talking heads (Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Bill Clinton), a celebrity narrator (George Clooney), poorly staged reenactments, and thumping choral music that would better accompany a battle sequence in Lord of the Rings than a 90-minute doc about a journalist (even one as universally renowned as Cronkite).

Such trappings have long been par for the nonfiction course, but One PM's otherwise restrained approach and commitment to fact-finding are so apropos of Cronkite himself as to nearly cancel out some of the film's more ill-advised tendencies. There are also a number of provocative ideas put forth — that Dallas had been known as a "center of hatred" since at least 1960; that Cronkite and Kennedy, both of whom were 46 and had been "tempered by war," were not so dissimilar; and that JFK was "on the cusp of ending the Cold War" in the months leading to his death — and the film pays no mind to the conspiracy theories that quickly followed.

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Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Greenwich Village

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One PM Central Standard Time
Directed by Alastair Layzell
Colonial Pictures
Opens November 1, Quad Cinema



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Taken in tandem with its elegiac tone, this lack of an obtrusive agenda positions One PM less as another tribute to a fallen president and more as a remembrance of a time when journalism was carried out with a little more grace and dignity than it is today.



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