Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Zapruder film - stabilized version

In the middle of this post from WFMU's Beware of the Blog, you'll find a link to a digitally stabilized version of the famous Zapruder film.

The Zapruder film, for anyone living under a rock for the past 40 years, is a home movie shot by one Abraham Zapruder in Dealy Plaza, Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. It is live-and-in-color view of the assassination of John Kennedy. It is one of the most stunning 10 second pieces of film you'll ever see and, for my money, it completely refutes the Warren Commission's "official" finding that Oswald acted alone.

The problem with the Zapruder film over the years has been the jerky, all-over-the-place framing of the subject. You have to remember that Zapruder was 50 feet from the street, using a crap 8mm film camera to record the murder of his president on a beautiful autumn day. It's miraculous that Kennedy is even in the picture throughout.

Some genius has digitally stabilized the film. You'll see how it was done right away. The result is a piece of film that is more disturbingly clear than ever.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Zapruder film is not for kids. It is graphic as hell. Consider yourself warned.

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