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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable! The Best JFK Assassination Film Ever Made!, July 19, 2001
This review is from: Four Days in November [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Four Days In November" is my all-time favorite program dealing with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You really get a sense of "re-living" the events of November 22-25, 1963, when America's all-too-young, 46-year-old leader was gunned down on the sunny streets of Dallas, Texas.

This 1964 black-&-white documentary, skillfully narrated by actor Richard Basehart, was filmed only months after the events, making the "re-creations" that were filmed for this movie all the more effective, since the people involved, the locations, the landmarks, and even the automobiles had not changed to a great degree (if at all) since the tragedy occurred. I truly had the sense of being there BEFORE it happened because of the very good re-created scenes.

This wonderfully-edited chronological documentary guides the viewer through all four of those dark November days that shocked the nation in late 1963. An integral part of this program lies in its outstanding musical score, by Elmer Bernstein. Mr. Bernstein's stirring score fits just perfectly here, adding emotional impact to each portion of the film.

In addition to many re-created scenes, there is a hefty amount of stock news footage presented throughout this 123-minute film -- some of which you probably have seen before, and some you probably haven't. The Joan Crawford/Richard Nixon clip was one I'd never seen in the past, as well as the footage of Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral, which nearly no one attended.

One particular "re-created" scene in the film that has an especially "eerie" feeling to it is the scene where we see Wesley Frazier driving his 1953 Chevrolet sedan toward the "drab bulk" of the Texas School Book Depository Building, which looms ahead in the foreground. Frazier was the 19-year-old Depository co-worker of Lee Harvey Oswald's who gave Oswald a ride to work on the morning of the President's assassination.

The "Zapruder Film" is not represented in this documentary. It was to be yet another 11 years before the public at large was to see Mr. Zapruder's infamous film. "Four Days" does include a sequence from the "Nix Film", however.

Wolper Productions sidestepped all the conspiracy theories [thank goodness] and stuck by the Warren Commission Report for this documentary.

Many of the facts surrounding JFK's assassination have been disputed and debated by researchers for decades. And this tragic crime will likely remain a topic that shall cause heated discussion for many more years to come.

But what the film "Four Days In November" does accomplish is to allow the viewer to re-live those sorrowful November days, in the order in which the events transpired, based on the evidence available. This is definitely one program that deserves to be in anyone's JFK collection.
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Initial post: May 19, 2007, 1:33:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2009, 4:16:00 AM PDT
MY "FOUR DAYS" BLOG:

www.Four-Days-In-November.blogspot.com

Posted on Jun 27, 2008, 7:55:13 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Aug 21, 2011, 5:59:41 AM PDT]

Posted on Apr 24, 2009, 12:51:57 AM PDT
JB in Oregon says:
It's just a rehash of the nonsensical WC report. Why bother with the facts after all?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2009, 5:53:33 AM PDT
>>> "It's just a rehash of the nonsensical WC report. Why bother with the facts after all?" <<<

Seeing as how every scrap of evidence pointed toward Lee Oswald, what was the WC supposed to do--start chasing after Sirhan Sirhan?

The only people who ignore the "facts" in the JFK murder case are the "nonsensical" conspiracy theorists.
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