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From The University of Texas Press

The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture
By Øyvind Vågnes

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home movie of the incident filmed by Abraham Zapruder, a bystander who became one of the twentieth century's most important accidental documentarians.

The first book devoted exclusively to the topic, Zaprudered traces the journey of the film and its effect on the world's collective imagination. Providing insightful perspective as an observer of American culture, Norwegian media studies scholar Øyvind Vågnes begins by analyzing three narratives that are projections of Zapruder's images: performance group Ant Farm's video The Eternal Frame, Don DeLillo's novel Underworld, and an episode from Seinfeld. Subsequent topics he investigates include Dealey Plaza's Sixth Floor Museum, Zoran Naskovski's installation Death in Dallas, assassin video games, and other artifacts of the ways in which the footage has made a lasting impact on popular culture and the historical imagination. Vågnes also explores the role of other accidental documentarians, such as those who captured scenes of 9/11.

Zapruder's footage has never yielded a conclusive account of what happened in Dealey Plaza. Zaprudered thoroughly examines both this historical enigma and its indelible afterimages in our collective imagination.

Cool Bernie looks like a really nice overview.
"In the Kennedy assassination we must be careful of running off into the ether of our own imaginations." Carl Ogelsby circa 1992
hi seamus;yes it is another to be added to the ever growin piles, i have an older book, written some years ago now, on the subject of films,and the american culture, the snappy zappy was written up, it sounded very familiar to me, i should at least try to find that old book, in the book dungeonConfusedpinwheels:..I cannot call it any other name now, honestly, it is just a ruddy mess.of collections now, but where is anything is always the gremlin's question.if i do i will review promises...:phone: hope all is well, take care..b

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