Zach Hindin: Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector
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We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The word derives from a composite of the Latin negation prefix in -- with nocere, meaning "guilty" or "evil." But over time, the root word was confused with noscere, meaning "to know." As a result, English speakers don't think twice about using the same adjective for lack of guilt and lack of guile; clean hands and wide eyes. Of course, guilt and knowledge have been tangled up since the Garden of Eden. In Phil Spector, his latest film for HBO, writer/director David Mamet unapologetically plays with what we think we know about the legendary record producer found guilty of murder in 2009. The result is an interrogation, not of Mr. Spector's innocence, but of our own.
On the evening of Feb. 3, 2003, Lana Clarkson (a faded beauty whose minor roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Scarface led her to lead work in Amazon Women on the Moon and Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II) went hom
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