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'Captivated' revisits the Pamela Smart trial, to mixed results
'Captivated' revisits the Pamela Smart trial, to mixed results

The specifics of the decades-old case of convicted murder accomplice Pamela Smart now seem far less interesting than Smart's sensationalized trial, which became the first to be televised gavel-to-gavel. This relentless exposure dubiously paved the way for the media circuses that accompanied criminal proceedings against O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Oscar Pistorius and so many others. Unfortunately, the documentary "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," briefly in theaters ahead of its HBO premiere Monday, spends too much time revisiting and relitigating how, in 1990, former high school staffer Smart was accused of conspiring, along with her teenage lover and three of his...

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