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  • L'assassin de Malcom X libéré, reste le film de Ken Jacob

    On apprend aujourd'hui par CNN la libération après 44 années de prison de Thomas Hagen, l'assassin (du moins, le seul reconnu) de Malcom X. Ce qui nous amène (via Cargo-Film) à visionner le film trouvé de Ken Jacob au titre semi-ironique : Perfect Film. Le film est visible ici sur UbuWeb.

    The fortuitous find and instant conception of Perfect Film (1986), a found footage film of eyewitness accounts of the assassination of Malcolm X, is a perfect allegory for Jacobs' notion of "the movies that make up our minds, are our minds in large part". The footage was being sold for the reel on which it was spooled. Jacobs found it, and didn't touch it at all. The drama of shock reveals itself, first in the animated account of a journalist who happened to be in the auditorium, then in the grave and weary non-answers the police chief gives reporters. The story changes, the number of shots fired rises, and the lone newsman in the auditorium refines his story, growing with its power. There is a crowd around him, half of them listening intently, the other half trained on the camera. One man is smiling like an idiot. The film is historically potent, to be sure, but Jacobs perhaps recognised it for its darker suggestions, that in the instant of shock we forget and succumb to the storyteller. - Genevieve Yue (Senses of Cinema, 2004)