The Zapruder Film

Thursday Feb 28, and Friday Feb 29 we’ll be focusing on the Kennedy Assassination.  It was an incredibly traumatic time for millions of Americans.  Many people who were alive then could tell you exactly where they were, and what they were doing when they found out that the President had been killed.  A similarly traumatic event would be the Challenger (space shuttle) disaster in 1986, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. 

Attached here is a digitally corrected, and stabilized image of the Assassination.  This video is THE primary source document of the assassination, but no video has generated more controversy and conspiracy theories than this one.

The video was shot by a man named Abraham Zapruder, who was using a hand held color film recorder, they were fairly rare for the time.  We’re very lucky that the film exists at all.   I want to warn my students that the video is extremely graphic.  If you are at all sensitive, or do not want to view the video, please feel free to avoid clicking play.

A note about the video: the black colored blocking on the sample is stabilization for the images.  It was a hand held recording, the blocking allows for a more stable image. 

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