Granted unusual access to a suspected murderer’s lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade’s cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. “The staircase” is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller.
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Without any reasonable doubt this is a very engaging piece of courtroom drama, in the likes of Lestrade's previous Murder On Sunday Morning, Paradise Lost, Pressumed Guilty and courtroom fiction film alike. Reading on and you will find important ommisions which were important in the actual court room. You spend six hours watching what you think is the case as it was primarily presented, when in reality it is not.
A minor masterpiece of true crime film-making due both to its arresting subject matter and its attention to the mundaneness of the trial. Its length and languid nature removes the glamour associated with cinema court room trials, and instead we see the arduous and occasionally boring elements which engulf everyone involved in the trial. Embodies true uncertainty as either verdict begins to feel like a tragedy.
I must admit that six hours was a little long. The series was unable to grasp my attention for the entire span of time. The time spent in the courtroom however was so intense... The real time presence really helped to build the tension towards the verdict. I was so excited to hear the outcome of this case!