1.Pamela Smart, who was found guilty of plotting the murder of her husband, received a harsher sentence than the teenagers who admitted to actually murdering him.
2.Before he started the documentary, the director had heard of the 1995 Nicole Kidman movie To Die For, but he didn't know that it was actually based on Pamela Smart's life.
3.There is a moment in Captivated when the novelist who wrote the book version of To Die For confuses Pamela Smart with her main character, the sociopathic Suzanne Maretto.
4.There is a moment in the film where the cop who arrested Smart reports what he said to her upon her arrest. Then he repeats it, because he wants to say it with a little more emotion.
5.Someone in the film says that the trial was intriguing because Smart did not shy away from media attention. He says this while not shying away from media attention.
6.Zagar made the movie artificial-looking to remind viewers that he’s just a cog in the “storytelling apparatus,” too.
7.But also, he wanted people to feel as though they were watching the footage on television in the early ’90s.
8.Despite the fact that Zagar believes Pamela Smart was found guilty because of a compelling narrative supported by images in the media, he worried that his new story about her would not be a compelling narrative.
9.Zagar knows he can’t prove whether Pamela Smart is innocent or guilty.
10.Zagar is talking to members of the media who are going to make a narrative about the narrative he’s made about the narrative of Pamela Smart.
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart airs Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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