The Jinx

The Jinx

The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

DVD - 2015
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A groundbreaking documentary series sheds new light on real-estate icon, Robert Durst, while unraveling one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in New York history.
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Home Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 JINX 2DISCS
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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video file,DVD video,region 1

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Chilling HBO documentary about billionaire Robert Durst, accused of 3 murders. The fictional movie by the same director, Andrew Jarecki, "All Good Things" was also excellent, with Ryan Gosling as Robert Durst, but doesn't come close to watching the actual events unfold as new informati... Read More »


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chascalz
May 07, 2019

exceptional documentary , Durst is stranger than fiction . Hannibal Lector-like,
It's fortunate his family gave him $60 million , then moved him out of the family business.
It allowed him to hire top lawyers.
Quite interesting to see Durst testify at one of his trials.

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Byond
Jan 12, 2019

The old humorous answer to the question about how the magician does those things is 'Very well'. 'Very well' is how Jarecki put this soup together. HBO saw that this series could amount to more than a recycling of what came out in 'All Good Things' for many reasons. That work prepared Jarecki to dig deeper into the Durst phenomenon.
And not only that work. 'Capturing the Friedmans' is in many ways the same kettle of fish. Here's a few of Jarecki's remarks from interviews promoting that one.
'this was all about David getting the story out'
'in a way the film becomes a series of unreliable narrators'
'this is not the kind of police work you'd like to see performed if this were your son'
'there's a lot of ambiguity in the film…'
'the person that planted with the press the idea that'
'the family was so horribly treated in the press – very often in a case like this, the culprits kind of get turned into monsters, that I think their feeling was that if the film just showed them as human beings, even with a lot of problems ... that the audience would have to see them as people, not see them as monsters, and would raise the possibility that maybe they were not treated fairly, so, in general, I think that's been pretty positive a development'.

Watching this one might recall Raskolnikov, a more sympathetic character. It seems to me people knew what Durst was; in many cases, money covered a multitude of sins. When the marriage was just barely functioning, Durst is unable to be social to Kathie's family at a get together. Even years after her death he is not reluctant to proclaim their smallness, their limitations, echoing his father's remark, 'She will never be one of us'.

One of Durst's legal victors conceded that the system is not fair. The rich drive Mercedes and others, a used car. Justice as a commodity.

Not the greatest story ever told. That one many consider the story of Jesus. And his love.

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lavasushi
Jun 07, 2018

Robert Durst is an eccentric odd wad. Several times he was referred to as highly intelligent and crafty, but I think he’s riding the bi-polar express. Sadly, the wealth of his family is able to keep him on the streets. Great documentary. Great to binge watch so there are no gaps in the story.

JCLEdwardR Apr 05, 2018

Well crafted documentary. It was weird to see Robert Durst get the benefit of the doubt from the filmmakers all while seeing giant signs pointing directly at him for the multiple murders. Well worth the watch even if you know the story.

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loid
Mar 28, 2017

OMGosh...reading this was like watching a book that keeps you up WAY past your bedtime.
We couldn't stop watching it is so unbelievable & Durst is such a layered person. We just never knew what was coming next. I LOPVED this doc. I am so glad to see it here as I have recommended it to soooooo many friends. Watch it!!

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VcrRocker
Mar 16, 2017

a very interesting documentary - American justice at its finest....or its worst?

ArapahoeKati Mar 11, 2017

Somehow I missed this in 2015 but I am ever glad I watched this. If you liked "Making a Murderer" or "Forensic Files," you ain't seen nothing yet. I was SHOCKED. Highly recommended if you have any interest in the lives of the rich and true crime.

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MplsTA
Feb 28, 2017

Wow! We binged-watched this when it was on cable and will watch as least once more.

The truth is stranger than fiction. And you can buy the best defense if you are rich.

Just a shocking story. Entertaining in a macabre way. And so sad that two women may have died because they knew and trusted Durst.

I found it particularly interesting that his family (especially his successful brother) want nothing to do with him and I suspect are even scared of Robert Durst.

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Matinee
Feb 26, 2017

I highly recommend this miniseries for those with an interest in true crime documentaries like Making a Murderer. I had seen director Andrew Jarecki's previous films, including All Good Things which was based on the disappearance of Robert Durst's wife, and was very interested to see this. It does not disappoint, and it is a fine example of the difference documentarians can make.

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uncommonreader
Feb 18, 2017

An interesting documentary.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2016

There are some people that, no matter how much money they threw at the case, were convicted and shouldn't have been. And there are people that escape responsibility because they're able to mount a really effective defense. Do I think it's unfair? Yeah, I do think it's unfair. But, we are in a capitalistic system, and the people that make the money can drive the Cadillacs, and people that don't make as much money have to get... Buy a used car.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2016

-We're not here to blacken the name of a dead man. There's an old joke in Texas... They hang horse thieves and let murderers go. That's because they don't have any horses that need stealing. Uh, we do have some people that need killing.
-I did not kill my best friend. I did dismember him.
-"We're here to determine "if the event that killed Morris Black "was murder or not, not what happened to his body after he was already dead."
-As a homicide investigator, you work for God because the victim's not there to tell his story. You're there to represent the victim. You're there to tell his story. You're doing that for God.
-Look at every piece of evidence you heard and consider it. You can't segment it and only look at certain portions of it and ignore everything else. That's not proper. Possibly guilty. Probably guilty. We all talked about that. What that means is not guilty.

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2016

-I just didn't want kids around. I didn't want to raise a... Children. I, I, I, somehow I thought
I would be a jinx.
- ... "that you had hit her. Do you remember that?" // "No. I don't remember the first time I had slapped her or hit her."
- There's no corpse. We don't even have a crime scene. No corpse, no crime scene. We got... This is a missing persons case.
-And I (Geraldine) said, "So, tell him you can't go." And she looked at me like I'd just sprouted horns.
-Something happened when she met Bobby Durst. It was like "Here's a man as powerful as my father. "He is connected. "He has money. "He can always get out of trouble. And he needs me."

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jimg2000
Feb 12, 2016

-A teenage boy fishing in the shallow waters off Galveston, Texas, stumbled on the gruesome remains of a murder.
-Initial impressions when I saw him being brought in was like, "Really? This guy? Did that? Didn't fit." God, the guy looks like a librarian.
-Robert Durst first made headlines after he reported his wife missing in 1982. And to this day, the case remains unsolved.
-"Your bond has been set at $250,000." And he asked me, he said, "Well, what should I do?" And I said, "I don't know. Do you have $250,000?" And he just calmly looked at me
and he goes, "Well, not on me."

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Jun 26, 2016

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ehbooklover Jan 29, 2016

Other: Some pretty graphic footage within the first 10 minutes of Episode One.

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