Daniele Alcinii reports in RealScreen about twin docs on A+E Networks this month that look back at the 20-year-old O.J. Simpson case.
“Twenty years after the verdict gripped the world’s attention,” says the writer, “A+E Networks-owned channels A&E and LMN are premiering two documentary specials from filmmaker Lawrence Schiller and ABS Productions surrounding Simpson’s criminal and civil trials. The films will feature unreleased interview footage, recordings and revelations gleaned from more than 100 hours of civil trial deposition tapes.”
The two-hour The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story” on LMN will “paint a psychological portrait of the former football star’s personality before, during and after the criminal trial. Forming the backbone of the film will be a secret seven-minute recording made by Simpson before the infamous Bronco chase on defense attorney Robert Kardashian’s Dictaphone.
“‘It’s really a few minutes of him rambling, but he says a lot of things that sound like someone who’s about to confess – he doesn’t – and he also sounds like someone who doesn’t expect to be living much longer,’ Laura Fleury , senior VP and head of programming for LMN, tells realscreen. ‘It’s a pretty dramatic piece of tape.'”
Then there’s the two-hour O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes, which “provides new insight into the criminal trial while detailing the civil trial that would later find Simpson liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Goldman and battery against Brown.”