Another enigmatic piece of cinema is the Zapruder assassination film. It has been my privilege to work with this historic footage. The anniversary of this heinous crime being just passed, I hope this clip from the film helps us all to reflect on what was lost that day. Warning….this clip is graphic in nature. Don’t click on the images if you have a weak stomach. Click on the image to animate.
A larger view below. Click on the image to animate.
The film below was taken by a person in the president’s motorcade. It was taken from behind the event. This film was violently unstable with hand motion. At this point, the camera pans a curved facade in front of the president as he passed. It has been stabilized at this point so that the actions of the people there can be viewed.
The Orville Nix film was taken from opposite of the President and Abraham Zapruder. In this brief clip from the Nix film shows movement at the precise time of the head wounding shot. It is just to Abraham Zapruder’s left from behind the curved facade. Click on image to animate.
Here’s a clip that has the BACKGROUND stabilized so that the behavior of the bystanders might be observed. Click on the image to animate.
Here’s the same file but stacked. There are frames missing when the President’s limousine turns into the intersection. These frames went missing while in the possession of Life magazine. Click to animate.
Here is the head wound in slow motion. See if you can determine the direction of the impact. Click on the image to animate.
Here is a panorama of the entire scene constructed from the stills of the Zapruder film. Click on the image to enlarge.
Here is the Nix film with an additional frame added so that the pinkish spray from the bullet strike is visible. Click on the image to animate.