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The Witness

June 19, 2016
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Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered by Winston Moseley, at about 3 am, while walking home from her job as a bar waitress in NYC.  As told in the now-classic story in the New York Times, nearly 40 neighbors heard and/or saw what was happening, but did not do so much as lift a finger to help her.  This event soon became a symbol for citizen apathy and non-involvement.  It even served as the catalyst for the creation of the 9-1-1 system.  There were numerous books written and annual conferences held related to the incident.  But how accurate and truthful was this N.Y. Times article?

Kitty’s younger brother Bill was devastated by Kitty’s murder.  He was only a young boy at the time.  His life, as well as those of his siblings and parents, were profoundly affected by Kitty’s death in numerous ways which are revealed in the film.  Bill, still tormented by this tragedy, sets out on an arduous quest to find out what really happened that night.

This film was written and produced by Bill, who also stars.  He and Director James Solomon have created one of the most riveting and emotionally-compelling documentaries I have seen in years.  I anticipate that it will wind up in my 2016 Top 10 films list and is a MUST SEE!

Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered by Winston Moseley, at about 3 am, while walking home from her job as a bar waitress in NYC.  As told in the now-classic story in the New York Times, nearly 40 neighbors heard and/or saw what was happening, but did not do so much as lift a finger to help her.  This event soon became a symbol for citizen apathy and non-involvement.  It even served as the catalyst for the creation of the 9-1-1 system.  There were numerous books written and annual conferences held related to the incident.  But how accurate and truthful was this N.Y. Times article? Kitty's younger brother Bill was devastated by Kitty's murder.  He was only a young boy at the time.  His life, as well as those of his siblings and parents, were profoundly affected by Kitty's death in numerous ways which are revealed in the film.  Bill, still tormented by this tragedy, sets out on an arduous quest to find out what really happened that night. This film was written and produced by Bill, who also stars.  He and Director James Solomon have created one of the most riveting and emotionally-compelling documentaries I have seen in years.  I anticipate that it will wind up in my 2016 Top 10 films list and is a MUST SEE!

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Informative and Emotionally-Compelling!

A Terrific Documentary!
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I have loved the movies ever since I saw “The Wizard of Oz” as a young boy. When Beatle-mania hit the USA, Rock-N-Roll was my greatest passion, but I haven’t enjoyed the current music scene nearly as much over the past 15 years, so that void has been filled by film. In college and med school, I would see movies with my friends and we would stay up late into the night chatting about them. I still love seeing movies with friends and then having dinner to discuss them. This blog evolved out of my desire to tell my movie-loving friends about movies I thought they would enjoy. The blog allows me to do this in a fun way and to reach movie fans everywhere.

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