Friday, November 15, 2013

CNN: "The Assassination of President Kennedy" from "The Sixties" series, has lots of original news footage

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, CNN premiered its documentary from Playtone, “The Assassination of President Kennedy”, two hours, from its series “The Sixties”.

The documentary featured an enormous amount of original news footage, including the Zapruder Film, but also all the immediate coverage in black and white, especially the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby in the Dallas Police station at 11:20 AM CST on November 24.  I recall being in the back seat of the family car with my parents, leaving church, going down 17th St in Washington DC, about to turn onto I  St, when that murder happened in real time.  I remember hearing the shot over the radio and the words “He’s been shot.”
The documentary looks at the evidence closely, from the Warren Commission, and doesn’t find anything that could not be explained by the lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.
I lived in Dallas throughout the 1980s, so it’s interesting to me to see how people behaved in the early 60s, with the clunky suits and ties, and chain smoking, and country-like way of talking.
The best reference on CNN right now seems to be some commentary by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (executive producers), link here

This documentary really recreates the event more than others I have seen.  

The last twenty minutes talks about Jim Garrison and Clay Shaw, as covered in Oliver Stone's film, and even covers the rumors that homosexuality had something to do with the plot (as in the film).  It's pretty silly stuff now, post Stonewall.  I remember comments in newspapers that Jack Ruby always took the "female position" (bottom) in sex.  Yes, the papers really said that in 1964.  
Picture: DART train, in north Dallas, near I-635, Nov. 2011 (my picture)

Update: June 13, 2014

CNN re-aired this documentary on June 12 (both hours) and will do so several times in the near future.  This time, the impression seems to be that such an insignificant failure of a man could change world history, just one hour after the Cuban Missile Crisis. . 

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