Tag Archive for Cinema

In ‘Twenty-Six Seconds,’ Alexandra Zapruder talks about her grandfather’s film

The film that would come to bear his name “represented a trauma for our grandfather,” Alexandra Zapruder writes. “It was a source of pain for the Kennedys. It was a reminder of crushing disappointment and abandoned plans for my parents’ generation. It was a burden. It was an intrusion. It was a serious and complicated responsibility.”

Source: ‘Twenty-Six Seconds,’ by Alexandra Zapruder – San Francisco Chronicle

 

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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates 

In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November.

Source: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates- The Criterion Collection (HT/ejc)

JFK assassination film festival

The debut of Plaza Man reminds us that “the cinema of assassination inspired by JFK”  never ceases grow.

Send me links to the YouTube trailers of your favorite JFK film (feature, documentary, fictional, factual, or foreign).

Or just watch:

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Trailer of ‘Plaza Man,’ on JFK crusader Robert Groden


Barto sends word:

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Geraldo Rivera changed America

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Last year, Chris Vogner, movie critic for the Dallas Morning News, reminded us how the first broadcast of Abraham Zapruder’s film of JFK’s assassination on ABC TV in March 1975 changed American popular culture.

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The Parallax View: a JFK film that gets it right

From the Guardian.com, “The Parallax View: a JFK conspiracy film that gets it right.”

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Is the Single Bullet Theory ruining your sex life?

Its called the Alvy Singer Syndrome.  Woody Allen explains.

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‘Reclaiming Parkland’: the story behind the flop

Reclaiming ParklandDespite a big budget and a host of A-list actors, Tom Hanks’s JFK flick “Parkland” proved to be a dud,  As I wrote here last year, “The fact that the movie tanked at the box office and puzzled critics indicated its presentation of JFK’s murder as a fairly ordinary homicide in Texas had no resonance, even with elite media organizations imbued with a cultural affinity for the lone gunman theory.

But the story of the forces behind the making of the movie, explored in James DiEugenio’s book “Reclaiming Parkland,” is an in-depth tale of the collusive culture-making machinery of Hollywood and major news organizations.

From DiEugenio’s website, Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination:

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JFK on film: the cinema of assassination in 2013

The assassination of President Kennedy was, among other things, a seminal event in the history of mediated imagery.

From the moment Abraham Zapruder captured the gunfire that killed the president to Olvier Stone’s 1991 hit “JFK”, to the present when Hollywood still seek to explore, exploit, and explain November 22, 1963, projected film has been a key–perhaps the key–to the way we visualize and understand JFK’s death. Read more

14 conspiracy movies inspired by Dallas

“Belief that sinister forces were behind the assassination of JFK fed into movies — and still does — from a photographer obsessively enlarging an image in “Blow Up” (’66) to Angelina Jolie’s spy game in “Salt” (’10).

 

A photo gallery from TheWrap.

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A tough question for Oliver Stone

Rolling Stone asked: “Will the government ever release all of the [JFK] assassination records?”

Oiiver Stone, director of “JFK,” the movie, replied:  “That’s a tough question.”

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‘Parkland’ struggles to find an audience

They’re staying away in droves from Tom Hanks’s sad, sad movie. Read more

‘The Bystander Theory’ offers an indie take on JFK

The cinema of assassination has a new entre.

In The Monitor of Brownsville, Texas, native son Tony Zavaleta, talks about his independently made JFK film that will open in November.

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‘Parkland’s’ Peter Landesman talks about tackling JFK’s assassination

Peter Landesman

Peter Landesman, journalist turned director, tackles the JFK story

I’ve criticized Tom Hanks’s upcoming JFK film, “Parkland,” for what I expect will be its simplistic treatment of the causes of the assassination. (Examples here and here.)

Now its time to let the film’s director, former journalist Peter Landesman, give his side of the story. He spoke with the Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

Q. The assassination story has been revisited many times, from many different perspectives. What inspired you to make this movie?

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Its a wrap! NatGeo finishes filming ‘Killing Kennedy’

The National Geographic has finished filming for ‘Killing Kennedy,” a feature film based on Bill O’Reilly’s book of the same name, according to The Washington Post. The book isn’t very good so hopes for the movie are not high. I think the film will be mostly interesting as an artifact in the annals of denial.

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