#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Bill Genovese’s decade-long journey to unravel the truth about the mythic death and little-known life of his sister, Kitty, who was reportedly stabbed in front of 38 witnesses and became the face of urban apathy. THE WITNESS begins in 2004 when The Times questions its original story: the number of witnesses, what they observed, the number of attacks. None was more affected by the story than Bill. He vowed not to be like the 38, volunteered for Vietnam, and lost both legs. What if Kitty’s mythic story is an urban myth? Breaking his family’s half-century of silence, Bill seeks to find the truth confronting the witnesses, the killer, their families and his own. THE WITNESS is about bearing witness, loss and forgiveness, and what we owe each other.
Plot: A brother’s journey to unravel the truth about the mythic death and little known life of Kitty Genovese, who was reportedly murdered in front of 38 witnesses and has become the face of urban apathy.
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This is a very well made film. I grew up hearing about the story of Kitty Genovese, but the facts that are widely accepted as truth aren’t accurate. This film puts the record straight. There are some surprises, and the ending reenactment was heart wrenching.
**A brother’s quest to learn the other side of the crime.**
My last documentary film was a couple of Oscar nominees that I saw before the award ceremony. I’m not that into documentaries compared to the feature films I watch on the regular basis, but time to time I try if I get interested after learning what it’s all about. Likewise, I found this one, though it is not a science or nature theme that I usually prefer than anything else. I have enjoyed many murder mystery films, but this one is a documentary. So I wanted to know the experience of watching the real story with real clips and interviews of real suspect, witnesses and what the victim’s family says about it.
This was about one of the America’s most talked crime of the previous century. It took place 50 years ago, on 13th March 1964. A young woman was murdered where nobody came to rescue her. So after all these years, the younger brother of the victim, who was a very young boy then did not remember much of the event and following incidents, is now trying to investigate and if possible to get a new perspective of that dreadful day. His journey begins in search of truth.
Like any documentary films, it started off without notifying us what’s going on. But very soon the basic information revealed. Bill Genovese, who is on the wheelchair tells us what he little knows about his sister Kitty. Then the focus goes back to the day she was murdered. She was alone on the street, but there were plenty of eyes that witnessed from a nearby apartment building when a man approached Kitty and what followed was a horror. No one came forward, otherwise an innocent soul would have been saved.
> “For years, I avoided the details of that night, because they were just too painful, but it’s worse not knowing the truth.”
After debating about the crime like the motive to commit it, the film right away turns its all focus on what’s wrong with those who saw it, but failed to do anything. Bill meets some of the witnesses and gets their perspective. The stories of how they saw it and how they reacted to it. Unfortunately, many of them are passed away as it was a half a century old incident. Bill, as well as the filmmakers tried their best to get useful and fresh info, but the investigation did not go anywhere as we expect in a feature film.
The sad part of this film is there’s barely any original clips, except a few personal archive footages of the victim. Because CCTV cameras were not found anywhere near the crime scene like todays world, not even 911 was existed. They say, this crime was one of the reasons to implement the 911 concept. The incident impacted the US big, to fight crime after many debates to introduce many other precautionary measures. This topic was also used for the college thesis and other researches. So basically it changed the system that America began to fight back.
It was an outrageous event, but this film lacked something. Like I said the visuals, how that night would have looked like. They should have recreated it, instead revealing everything orally. Particularly the same event described by different people who witnessed it, that was this film’s notion than the crime as the title hints. So pretty much succeed in its quest, along with Bill, who led his one man research team. As a documentary film, it is a fine product, but nothing like the feature film’s murder mystery. So don’t go for it with such expectation other than eager to learn the truth in a realistic way. So, recommended, but only for the selected audience.
A Search For the Truth
‘The Witness’ was an informative story with the intended audience being people who want to learn more information about the infamous Genovese case. The main purpose of this documentary is to inform the audience about missed details about the Genovese case, and to give insight into what members of the family were going through at that time/ are still going through today. The director seems to want people to never stop searching for the truth, if it means a lot to you. I knew a little bit about this case before watching the documentary but a lot of details were messy for me. This documentary is about the murder of Catherine ‘Kitty’ Genovese and the path her brother, Bill, takes to bring some light to the actual events that occurred on the night she was killed. Bill contacted many people who supposedly witnessed the events of March 13th, and tried to find the truth. One thing that really stood out in this documentary, were the visuals that were used to convey certain scenarios that interviewees were talking about in that moment. The sketches that were used were very detailed and grabbed my attention every time they popped up on the screen. Every interview that was in the documentary was informative and helped add to the story. I knew at least half of the information that was in the documentary before I watched it. It helped form a more cohesive storyline for me. I would highly recommend this documentary for people who are interested in learning more about this case.
Apathy with a Twist
Very well conceived and executed narrative about one of the most fascinating and enduring tragedies in American psycho-social lore. This meticulously constructed documentary turns one of America’s most chilling murders on its head with reconstructed time lines, police records, witness interviews and media reports from 1964 through subsequent decades, revealing the facts with a despicable and haunting twist–the “38 witnesses who did nothing,” and have been used as an example of urban apathy, but have been cast in a different light.
What we come to learn about the night Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered reveals the darker underside of the police, media and others who capitalized on her death. This film is a must-see for true crime fans and social scientists alike– for this tragic death speaks not to the shocking ‘bystanders who did nothing’ but to the sensationalized exploitation of Kitty’s murder to further careers and do something far worse than nothing–the calculated and systemic lies and distortions by those entrusted to help, solve and inform the public who go on to use her murder for self-aggrandizement. Sadly, ultimately adding to the erosion of the concept of “American Exceptionalism.”
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min)
Genre Documentary, Biography, Crime
Director James D. Solomon, Jessica Robinson
Writer William Genovese, Russell Greene, Gabriel Rhodes
Actors William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Aaron Adler
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 7 nominations
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Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
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Printed Film Format N/A