‘The Jinx’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On HBO’s Harrowing Con Man Doc

Robert Durst – you couldn’t make this guy up, as I say in my video review above. Implicated in three deaths, including the still-unsolved disappearance of his medical-student wife Kathleen in 1982, the scion of a Manhattan real estate fortune has done time only once, and that was for shoplifting a sandwich when he had $520 in his pocket and $37,000 in the trunk of his car. Bobby Durst has passed himself off as an elderly deaf-mute woman, among other guises.

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki (Capturing The Friedmans) made a fictionalized account of this bizarre tale with All Good Things, which convinced Durst that this was the guy he could finally open up to.

So we have HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, featuring the blinking, evasive Durst himself, now 72, answering questions on camera. We see creepy re-enactments of the various horrors, interviews with his lawyers and his victim’s close friends, along with the flummoxed (and none-too-bright) investigators into the crimes. It premiered February 8 and continues on Sundays at 8 through mid-March.

Is it documentary, docu-drama or the latest twisted convolution of both? Watch my review. Tell us what you think.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2015/02/the-jinx-robert-durst-hbo-andrew-jarecki-1201369471/