2010-12-31 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

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‘All Good Things’- Murder Most Real
By Robert Snyder

Director Andrew Jarecki has an obsession with digging out the truth in past real-life criminal cases.

He did it with his documentary, “Capturing the Friedmans,” leading to the reopening of an infamous child sex abuse case in the 1980’s. There, he is trying to prove the innocence of Jesse Friedman, who served time after pleading guilty.

Jarecki’s “All Good Things” is his first dramatic feature, where he is bent on revealing the guilt of a reallife real estate mogul heir who, the filmmaker believes, is responsible for the murder of his wife and others.

His target is named “David Marks,” though he is apparently Robert A. Durst, whose wife Kathie mysteriously disappeared in 1982. Never charged in that case, Robert, was imprisoned briefly for the self-defense slaughter/dismemberment of an acquaintance and killer of an old friend and writer.

Confusing? You bet. Robert Durst is likely the only one, who will understand what’s going on in Jarecki’s movie mess. In fact, Durst has reportedly seen the film and liked it. If you go by Jarecki, this is a man who is truly getting away with murder, or murders.

In addition to its irresistibly compelling subject matter, “All Good Things” is saved by solid acting, courtesy of Ryan Gosling as “David”; Kirsten Dunst as wife “Katie”; and Frank Langella as mogul/father “Sanford Marks,” the real villain of the piece and substitute for the late Manhattan land baron Seymour Durst.

Sanford is so sick that he forced child David to watch his mother’s freefall suicide. His excuse: He was hoping that by seeing her child, his wife would back down. Not only didn’t it work, but it sent little David into a lifetime of severe psychosis.

David keeps trying to free himself from his father’s grip. That’s why he meets and marries Katie in the first place. They blissfully start a health food store in Vermont, called, “All Good Things.”

But the Shangri-La is short-lived, when big daddy threatens to pull the financial plug. It’s back to Manhattan, where David must serve as bagman, collecting rents from 42 Street porn palaces. When Katie exposes some family financial dirt and decides to enter medical school, David begins his meltdown. The result is her disappearance, the deaths and, at one point, David dressing in drag.

Those interested in the Durst disappearance, may want to check out this convoluted take on an amazing case. Or, just Google it and start your own investigation.

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