This film's greatness is in that it uses it's gargantuan running time to contextualize "the trial of the century" by showing O.J. as a tragic figure and a living construct thrust into the racial unrest of 90's America. Devastating interviews by the jurors in regard to the philosophy of justice and truly engrossing by virtue of inclusion of his second incarceration.
Alongside Scorsese's No Direction Home, this just goes to show the haters that a conventional documentary can be just as riveting as the most innovative fiction film. Astounding assemblage of footage, interviews, American identity politics, and the legal system, woven together so seamlessly it's easy to forget the artistry involved. Gave me a kind of dizzy insight into its subject that I haven't felt since The Wire.
Confusions, dilemmas, and disbeliefs passed through my mind the whole time I was watching this. Most of the time I'm on Nicole's side, but sometimes I also sympathize to O.J.; which is similar to how people in the film feel.The first few episodes give a very well-made introduction that shows how the culture and environment at that time affects and shapes the narcissistic, self-centered, and charismatic traits of O.J.
Engrossing testimony to the sanctity of celebrity, the horrors of cultural silence on violence against women and of victim shaming, and a thoughtful, thorough examination of how our abhorrent history of racism fueled an innocent verdict for a guilty man. Goldman's family watches helplessly as their son's (and Nicole's) murder is hijacked by a despicably manipulative agenda masquerading as social justice.
A story of american race, class and and gender opression. It is obvious that the James Baldwin argument that the colour of one's skin is another wall put forth by white society is not applicable for OJ; the black witnesses and the black community wins no real victory with the aquittal just because OJ's black. He's too rich for that.
Breathtaking. No gimmicks, no voiceover, no intertitles: Edelman's astonishingly researched and edited magnum opus lets the story tell itself through a wealth of footage, stills and interviews. And what a story: joining the dots between race, power and money in America, it's really no hyperbole to see this as a Shakespearean downfall. A must-see, even - no, especially - at 7.5 hours.
so good!! I watched the Ryan Murphy tv series first (American Crime Story) and then this, since I didn't know much about O.J. and the murder case.. it is so intriguing! This documentary is really well made, they basically show all the important circumstances one has to know about this case and person.
for a film that tries to broaden the narrative, framing it as this bigger story of a black kid making it in America despite growing up in those times of civil unrest and social inequality due to race it truly lacks skills. after the big court event that narrative peters out and what remains is sunshine hustlin' & the slapstick act in Vegas, while we basically learn nothing about O.J., the person and what drove him.
I resisted revisiting this story for a long time. It was lurid enough, sensational enough, and depressing enough the first time around. But O.J.: Made in America is a deeply accomplished, wrenching, illuminating work, full of empathy for every life involved and fully engaged in the broader social and historical contexts of the tragedy it dissects.
Truly remarkable documentary about a man I previously knew next to nothing about. I was originally put off by the running time but I devoured the 7.5 hours very quickly. The length is important because the story of OJ is the story of Black LA and the trial events need to be framed in this way to make sense of it. A conceited, horrible man. For OJ, success means celebrity - a sad indictment of American culture
The breadth of insights given esp by Bell, Gilbert, Shipp, Weireter is gold. I was struck by his image in youth, angered once more by a life of hateful selfish actions, pathological outward denial, those riding his coattails and the maligned people of colour he did not reciprocate any care for. I did not expect to be satisfied that he got what he deserved and now having absorbed so much, I want to hear no more of it.