Who is Richard Jewell

It's a bad experience for Bobi and her son Richard. A squad of FBI men has moved in and is clearing the apartment with eerie thoroughness. House search! Richard is suspected of being a murderer, a bomber. There are guns in the apartment, Richard just likes to shoot. Bobi is desperate when the investigators pack their Tupperware piece by piece and carry them off. It's 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Summer Olympics were held. Tupperware is an American dream in the American household, a plastic dream of purity and order, where everything has its place, there is no harmful confusion and no dangerous intermingling. Tupperware, that's something for the household law & order is in society.

Richard Jewell would also like to contribute to Law & Order, as a cop or security guard. In the apartment there is a picture on the wall, on it you can see him in uniform, that is his dream. At first, however, it is unfortunately only sufficient for working in private security services, for example at a university, where he annoys the rector terribly because he scolds the students excessively. A. wannabe policeman, an underdog, a busybody. A G'schaftler, one would say with us. The friendship with the young lawyer Watson Bryant, played by Sam Rockwell, begins when Richard fills his office drawer with a good supply of Snickers. Watson will then provide legal support when Richard's nightmare begins.

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"American Nightmare" was the title of Marie Brenner's article in Vanity Fairon which the film is based, among other things. A bomb went off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on July 27 at a concert accompanying the Games. A stranger had announced the explosion by phone half an hour earlier, but the call had been encrypted. Richard, active in the security service, had discovered a suspicious backpack. Reluctantly, they began to disperse the crowd. Fortunately, there were "only" two deaths, around a hundred injured.

Richard was hailed as a hero, initially. Then he suddenly came under suspicion himself. The profile fit, the busybody who wanted to draw attention to himself in his loneliness. An article appeared in Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the FBI started an investigation, including a spectacular house search. No Law & Order without a show effect. Paul Walter Hauser pushes his way through the film as Richard Jewell with a fantastic naturalness, with an upright leisurelyness and a rocking step, which with a certain body size become a kind of grace of their own. He knows about the impression he is making on others, but he doesn't need self-pity or cynicism. He knows about the fragility of his dreams. But he's determined to play his part.

The journalist goes to bed with the FBI man, which got Clint Eastwood in trouble

From the beginning, Clint Eastwood's films revolved around the American petty bourgeoisie, laconic but with a painful insistence. The class that remains alien in modern society, not just American, between the workers and prolls that Trump controls and the upper class Mad Men with their money, their office jobs, their suburban style. J. Edgar Hoover is also such a poor petty bourgeois, the FBI boss whom Eastwood told in a film in 2011, a mother's boy, full of longing for a man he could love. In "Dirty Harry", the character Eastwood is so strongly identified with, the petty bourgeoisie is almost schizophrenic, a fanatical, evil anarchy, at the same time with the compulsion to order, a clash in which the idea of ​​freedom is powdered . At the heart of the cinema, Clint Eastwood knows, there is a desire to take the images apart and take them apart again.

The American press plays a dire role in the public persecution of the lonely Richard Jewell. Kathy Scruggs wrote the crucial report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her Scoop, and the way Eastwood portrays it in his film has garnered severe criticism in the United States for denunciation and misogyny. Because Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, messes with an FBI man and extracts information from him. Investigative journalism and prostitution. A nasty little scene in a bar that nobody can get out of. He feels so good when he can share his knowledge, and she generously grants him her favor. No deal ad hoc, apparently there is already a relationship between the two of them, and she's probably enjoying the evening too.

After months, the investigation into Richard Jewell is abandoned. But it wasn't until 2005 that the real culprit was identified. Richard Jewell actually has the longed-for job in a police station, in uniform at this point. He dies two years later, at the age of 44.

"Richard Jewell" is a sad little film, laconic, without pathetic, without tragic dimension. The children of Snickers and Tupperware. "There is a bomb in Centennial Park ... you have 30 minutes ..." Richard Jewell patiently speaks, for voice recognition at the FBI, after these sentences over and over again, and in a mysterious way they come out of his very strange and familiar at the same time Mouth.

Richard Jewell, USA 2019 - Director: Clint Eastwood. Book: Billy Ray. Camera: Yves Bélanger. With: Paul Walter Hauser, Olivia Wilde. Warner, 131 minutes.