Originally posted on Conversations with Dio:
I lived in Nanjing, China when Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK, came out. We were cut off from a lot of news over in China. You felt like you were on the other side of the world because you were. So something had to make a big stir in the U. S. for us to know about it in Nanjing. The Los Angeles riots after police beat Rodney King and the first Persian Gulf war were two events that made a stir. Oliver Stone’s film did, too.
I didn’t see the film until much later, well after we returned to the United States. Before that I saw an interview where a journalist asked Stone whether he believed the story he told in JFK. He smiled slightly and said, “I just make movies.” I thought it was a good answer. I didn’t feel so comfortable if, after nearly thirty years of controversy, the judgment of so many people would turn on the story presented in one film.
After we returned from China, I read Gerald Posner’s book, Case Closed. The controversy about Stone’s film must have raised my interest, as it was the first book about the assassination I’d read. Posner’s argument, that Lee Oswald acted alone and that a single bullet hit both President Kennedy and Governor Connally, seemed plausible. I hadn’t been inclined to question the Warren Report to begin with, so Posner’s account was convincing enough for me.