The Zapruder Film

The Zapruder Film

Reframing JFK's Assassination

Book - 2003
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It is the most famous home movie of all time, the most closely analyzed 26 seconds of film ever shot, the most disturbing visual record of what many have called "the crime of the century."

In 486 frames--a mere six feet of celluloid--Abraham Zapruder's iconic film captures from beginning to end the murder of President John F. Kennedy in broad daylight. An essential piece of evidence, the film has become nearly synonymous with the assassination itself and has generated decades of debate among conspiracy theorists and defenders of the Warren Commission's official report. Until now, however, no scholar has produced a comprehensive book-length study of the film and its relation to the tragic events of November 22, 1963.

David Wrone, one of our nation's foremost authorities on the assassination, re-examines Zapruder's film with a fresh eye and a deep knowledge of the forensic evidence. He traces the film's history from its creation on the "grassy knoll" by Dallas dressmaker Zapruder through its initial sale to Life magazine and early reproductions and its analysis by the Warren Commission and countless assassination researchers, licensing by the Zapruder family, legal battles over bootleg copies, and sale to the federal government for sixteen million dollars.

Wrone's major contribution, however, is to demonstrate how a close examination of the film itself necessarily refutes the Warren Commission's lone-gunman and single-bullet theories. The film, as he reminds us, provides a scientifically precise timeline of events, as well as crucial clues regarding the timing, number, origins, and impact of the shots fired that day. Analyzing the film frame-by-frame in relation to other evidence--including two key photos by Phil Willis and Ike Altgens--he builds a convincing case against the official findings.

Without fanfare, he concludes that more than three gunshots were fired from more than one direction and that most likely none were fired by alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. If true, then JFK's death was the result of a conspiracy, for the Commission's nonconspiracy conclusion requires a maximum of three shots and one gunman.

Wrone, however, does not speculate as to who actually shot JFK or why--or even if Oswald was a part of the conspiracy. In fact, he is no fan of conspiracy-think and is just as critical of the legion of conspiracy theorists as he is of the Warren Commission (which, he reveals, crushed dissent within its own ranks).

Doggedly pursuing the evidence wherever it leads, Wrone has produced a meticulous, clear-eyed, and provocative new reading of this remarkable cinematic Rosetta Stone.
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2003
ISBN: 9780700612918
Branch Call Number: 364.1524 WRONE
Characteristics: x, 368 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Nov 15, 2013

A deserving-to-be read book (have a pot of coffee nearby) which opens up reality, not a replay of the usual misinformation stories. An enhanced version of the Zapruder film (on youtube) appears at the site on 11/15/13, and clearly the horrible head shot originates from the front, most likely from the railroad overpass, which is partially seen in the last moments of this film (bushes obscures the pass at the point a human would be positioned, say a Lucien Conein assassin-type). [The review by the Library Journal is the most bizarre and egregiously ignorant piece of slop I've ever read; certainly not the work of any educated individual. I would direct anyone and everyone to read the legislation, executive orders and presidential directives from the Kennedy administration, along with Prof. Gibson's outstanding book, "Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency" and those chapters of Richard Parker's (Harvard faculty) biography on John Kenneth Galbraith dealing with the Kennedy administration which portrays an embattled administration, at war with his joint chiefs of staff, the CIA, Averell Harriman, whom they were about to fire, et cetera. The Library Journal reviewer appears grossly ignorant of the vast importance of the NASA/Moon program from the Kennedy administration, as well as the direction from that administration, leading to the appointment of JCR Licklider and the subsequent creation of the Internet (which somehow is always explained as emanating from DARPA, without fully explaining how it was directed by the Kennedy administration!). The reviewer says "The reader shares her anger at seeing Lee Harvey Oswald receiving excellent medical treatment in the same hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead and where her husband almost died from an assassin's bullet." Except, and for the record, Oswald was operated on, in his last remaining time alive, without the benefit of anesthesia! Oswald served his country and his president most patriotically but, like President Kennedy, was brutally murdered by this country's traitors and his last remaining moments were filled with unimaginable pain and suffering.]


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