Monday, February 21, 2011

Andrea Vogt In New York Post Finds Lifetime Movie Fairish Though Hurtful To Kerchers And Ill-Timed

Posted by Peter Quennell

Andrea Vogt reminds us that the legal process is very exhaustive, very balanced and far from complete.

Also that Mr. Mignini is a reasonable person, that an extraordinary number of careful judges have been a party to the process, and that US State Department have monitored the case and not seen any reason to try to intervene - though it is doubtful they could have any influence over the judiciary.

During filming in Rome last fall, the Knox chattering classes speculated whether it would favor “innocentisti or colpevolisti” (the innocents or guilty). As the first clips emerged, everyone was upset. Producers clearly took factual liberties (in real life, Amanda and Raffaele didn’t attend the memorial vigil for Meredith, but in the film they do, for example).

But the communal outrage is nothing new. All the parties agree: it is inappropriate to air this film before completion of appeal. Knox was convicted of murder and sentenced in an Italian court based on the scenario of all three being involved, as described in the judge’s ruling. Lifetime attempted to re-enact this in their own way…

That said, the US State Department has been monitoring the case as more than two dozen judges have considered the evidence and determined (to varying degrees) that Knox was involved…

Unfortunately this case exists in a cultural time warp where fiction races ahead of fact. In the US, everything happens too fast; a film is thrown together in months. In Italy, everything happens too slow: a case can take seven years to get to the Supreme Court. The final judicial decision about who murdered Ms. Kercher and how is still years away.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 02/21/11 at 02:29 PM in Various hypothesesExcellent reportingMovies on case

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I know it’s small consolation, but by the sound of things, the movie does not promote an ‘innocent’ Amanda. Quite the contrary. Has the Knox pr-machine swung round to haunt them? They may or may not have had a hand in the commissioning of this movie. If they did have a hand in getting the movie concept off the ground, then it would be very ironic if the movie smacks them on the back of their heads - hopefully a little harder than what they claim the police did to Amanda. It would be very interesting to see the 1 hour interview with the Knox family afterwards, giving their ‘opinions’. Perhaps they will have a way to swing the movie around and surprise everyone? Perhaps not. I suspect not many people see things the Knox way anymore.

Posted by Terence on 02/21/11 at 03:43 PM | #

Through her excellent, well researched and objective reporting on the Meredith Kercher murder, Andrea Vogt’s academic credentials along with her journalistic talents and skills, have helped the public to easily understand all of the facts surrounding this complex case.

Perhaps an award for Outstanding Investigative Journalist should be in the offering to Andrea Vogt in recognition for her exemplary work.

Posted by True North on 02/21/11 at 08:32 PM | #

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