National Geographic: Lost JFK Tapes-Assassination
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The film also reveals an America of mid-20th century, which has a look of innocence and almost bewilderment. Massively incorrect information... smoking cigarettes on air...much opinion instead of facts... just fascinating and just as I remember it). There is an immaturity to the broadcasts that are especially touching in view of the state of the industry today. The clips are essentially Dallas news personnel, with some national network break-ins. It therefore has a very immediate and local reaction. It all seeems another world, another time.Read more ›
The main claim of this DVD is that it has footage that has never been seen before. Actually about three quarters of this material has turned up in one form or another over the years, but,and this is a big but, there are two areas where this show does break new ground.
1-Somebody on this show must have waded through hundreds, perhaps thousands of hours of audio tapes from Dallas radio stations and government sources. There's some fascinating stuff here, even including a radio conversation between LBJ and Rose Kennedy recorded as Air Force One was flying back to Washington. Much of the live Dallas radio commentary has been matched up to videotape of the event being described, so even if you've seen the video before it gives one a new perspective on it.
2-There's a wealth of videotape from Parkland Hospital which for some reason hasn't turned up before (or at least I haven't seen it). Apparently, at least one Dallas TV station had a live TV camera at the hospital while JFK's body was still inside. Among other things we get to see a haunting live shot of the hearse pulling out of the hospital and driving away to Love Field.
This is a fascinating look at how the local TV and radio personalities and technical people handled themselves when the were suddenly thrust into the center of the world stage.
Having grown up in the Dallas area, I was very familiar with Dealey Plaza on the edge of downtown Dallas.
But I was not prepared for what I found. As the shades of night fell, I recall seeing what appeared to be a blood-red nearly full-moon suddenly hovering over the horizon aligned with and in perfect view of the killing zone. On both sides of Elm street there were and still are grassy embankments. On the south-westerly side is the famous Grassy Knoll. But on this ominous and strange night, both embankments were covered with a solid layer - layers, no doubt - of flowers and hand-scribbled notes. They wafted and fluttered in the slight breeze that moved across the city of death. As if in slow-motion, people wandered, meandered and stood among the carpet of color. There was no sound but for the weeping of the mourners. Strangers to each other but bound now by the sadness and shock of mortality, history and mystery.
I'll never forget it. It's a moment that has yet to be properly defined. Was it a coup d'état as many still insist? I heard disturbing stories and theories by those who were there and from those who were in some way connected to the events and persons of that fateful day in Dallas.
There's not enough room on these pages to detail the amazing tales I heard first-hand, but to this day, I tend to think the simplest of all explanations is that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone killer - if he even pulled a trigger that sunny afternoon.Read more ›
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good footage, contained some clips had not seen before, recommended for any Kennedy history buff.Published 2 months ago by Kaye H
Got these for a project for my students and it has an amazing amount of rarely seen archival footage related to the assassination of JFK.Published 4 months ago by inner city teacher
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IS THE PREMIERE DEFINITIVE AUTHORITY ON ALMOST ANY EVENTPublished 5 months ago by REEL RELIEF
I was traveling to Dallas with my grandchildren ages 14 and 11 and we viewed this movie beforehand. It was also shown on our tour bus during our journey. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alice Betts