For his debut film, Point of Order, de Antonio pulled material from 188 hours of kinescopes of the 1954 Army-McCarthy Senate hearings. This collage of television footage was one of the most successful historical documentaries of its time, hailed by Brendan Gill in the New Yorker as "a model . . . [that] should become a precious document of American history." Created for an educational film distributor, Charge and Countercharge includes archival material related to the Army-McCarthy hearings that did not appear in Point of Order; the film features voice-over narration by de Antonio. The second film begins at 3:00 p.m.
The Films of Emile de Antonio
Saturday, January 12, 2008, 12:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Point of Order, 1963, 97 min.
Charge and Countercharge, 1968, 43 min.