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These portions of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings - testimony interspersed with contemporary commentary - are dramatic, though not quite a drama. The acting is good. Edward Asner plays a senator who is sometimes on one side, sometimes the other, a dramatic device that mostly works. He excels at conveying, by turns, thoughtfulness and cluelessness; the latter gets what laughs there are. Paul Winfield overacts a tad but makes Thomas seem real - sharp, angry, wounded. Ella Joyce renders Anita Hill's intelligence, vulnerability, and dismay. The piece is evenhanded; it's possible to believe Thomas, even admire his eloquence and strength. But those who believe Hill will be chilled by what could only be Thomas's pathological manipulativeness, cynicism, and dishonesty.
Adapted directly from the actual transcripts, Unquestioned Integrity examines the notorious Senate Confirmation hearings, when law professor Anita Hill charged Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment.
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