Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
In 1990 Pamela Ann Smart stood accused of plotting the murder of her own husband. Her trial was covered in real time on television and viewed by millions of Americans. The court case had everything from sex and drugs to betrayal and murder, and the TV-coverage is seen by many as the birth of reality television. In CAPTIVATED Jeremiah Zagar takes a closer look at the first fully televised court trial in US history and at how the media played an important role in shaping public opinion.
Jeremiah Zagar (1981, USA) Selected filmography: ALWAYS A FIRE (2012), FLATLINE (2012) and IN A DREAM (2008)