JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America [DVD]
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It's a shame that one reviewer here chose to review the content of this documentary as if its presentation is completely unimportant. I believe he missed the point. It's not about whether Oswald acted alone. It is a presentation of the moment. If you don't know, this film is ALL actual footage of news pieces about the JFK assassination as they unfolded. Nicole Rittenmeyer and Seth Skundrick have painstakingly put together a chronological video record of what was being broadcast at the time, some local, some national, some news reports, some interviews, some film of JFK's breakfast speech. The "voice" of this film is the "voice" at that time. No narration. A few carefully worded captions.
In my opinion, this is one of the best documentaries ever made because of what it doesn't do -- it doesn't add superfluous opinions of all the Monday-morning quarterbacks who have analyzed these events for the past 45 years. It's about as close as a person can come to being in America on November 22, 1963.
I am now 57-years old. I was 12 on that day. Even though I was a child I have a vivid memory of that day and the weeks that followed. My "carefree" American childhood changed dramatically because of this event. It really did change America. Up until then it was unthinkable that a President could be killed in modern-day America. I have a small Brownie photo of JFK at Oakland Naval Air Station waving from a limo a few months before. He saw me with my camera and specifically waved to me. Wow! A President. Any President.
If you are younger than about 57, then face it, you were too young to experience this event from an adult perspective -- if you were even born then.Read more ›
Just prior to arrival of the president we see footage of the presidential limo on the tarmac. Pretty eerie again I must say. We see a cheerful woman on the tarmac with a sketch (I assume she did herself) of the president and first lady. Then Airforce One touches down at Love Field to a rousing reception. I watch this hoping that something will happen differently - The Limo will leave Love Field with the bubble top attatched, the motorcade will take a different route, the SS agents will hurl themselves on the back on the limo and shield him or take the bullets, or the car will go down Elm St.Read more ›
This DVD goes far to convince me that Oswald may not even have been the one to fire the shot from the book depository!
This film raised many questions in my mind. Why did the shooter not fire on the President when the car was below the window? That was the clearest shot. Instead, he waited until the car had passed, and was down the street(to coordinate with the other 2 shooters?). Why didn't they allow Oswald an attorney? Why did they wash the car immediately, not even checking for the bullets? Why was Oswald kept at the courthouse for so long? He wasn't transferred for 2 days, at which time he was killed.Why were so many reporters and anyone else allowed in the courthouse?? Why was the Zapruder film kept from us for 12 years? Why was Oswald arrested only one hour after the crime, and charged with the 2 murders? As far as I can see, the only evidence was that Oswald had acquired the gun(they couldn't have known that yet), and the bullet found with Governor Connely was fired from the same gun(they couldn't have know that yet), and he worked at the book depository. Not only that, the story was circulated so fast, it was as if it had been written before the crime! Why were the interviews with the eyewitnesses and the doctors who attended the President not shared with us at the time? And not the least importantly, it was clear from the Zapruder film that the first shot came from behind, the next 2 from the front. The doctors on the film also say so.
This makes me a little angry.Read more ›
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Even though I was a year old when this happened, I have always been interested in the facts and theories surrounding the assassination. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Laura E. Vassar
A lot archival footage, bring back memories of those who live through it. Fairly well done, but can seem repetitive at times.Published 1 month ago by Mike Baker 55
I've had this DVD for several years now. I've lost count of how many times I have sat down and watched it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chad
Nicely done if nicely is appropriate. Collection of rarely, if ever, seen film clips relevant to the JFK assassination. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Collier
Beginning with the stark slow motion ride in black and white film up Houston and Elm, the viewer know they are in for something special. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BruceB