Saturday, November 3, 2012

Recreating the Zapruder Film

There are not that many from our generation who has not seen or heard about the infamous Zapruder Film.   Maybe you did not know the name of it, but this is the film that captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. 
Wikipedia describes the film as follows:

The Zapruder film is a silent, color motion picture sequence shot by private citizen Abraham Zapruder with a home-movie camera, as U.S. President John F. Kennedy's motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, thereby unexpectedly capturing the President's assassination.
Though not the only film of the shooting, it has been called the most complete, giving a relatively clear view from a somewhat elevated position, and on the side from which the president's head wound is visible. It was an important part of the Warren Commission hearings and all subsequent investigations of the assassination, and is one of the most studied pieces of film in history. Of greatest notoriety is the film's capture of the fatal shot to President Kennedy's head when his limousine was almost exactly in front of, and slightly below, Zapruder's position.
Source: Wikipedia

Here is a view of the Zapruder file if you have lived in a cave for the past 49 years and have never watched it before.

When my wife and I visited Dealey  Plaza, I pointed out the cement pillar explaining that this was the location where Abraham Zapruder stood while filming this famous piece of history.
Of course my wife ran over and jumped up on the pillar to see the view from on top.
Once up on the pedestal, my wife was inspired to recreate the film.  Here is her 2012 version of the Zapruder film.

Here is the path that the motorcade took through Dealey Plaza:
To find out more information about the J.F.K. Assassination, you can visit the 6th Floor Museum of the old Texas Schoolbook Depository in Dallas.

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