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The JFK assassination: Researching film adaptations of the historical event

A still frame from the Zapruder film. (Courtesy of the Warren Commission)

A still frame from the Zapruder film. (Courtesy of the Warren Commission)

It was a 26-second film. When Abraham Zapruder filmed the Dallas roadway as President Kennedy’s motorcade passed by, he captured the moment President John F. Kennedy was shot. When the Kennedy assassination video first aired, people thought perhaps they would find some closure to the event that had rocked the nation. But the home video did little to provide those conclusions. Now, fifty years later, the Zapruder film is once again in the public mind, and Abraham Zapruder himself appeared as a character in Parkland, a new film about the Kennedy assassination as witnessed by Americans on the scene in Dallas and at Parkland Hospital where President Kennedy was declared dead. Read more