Dangerous Knowledge: The JFK Assassination in Art and Film


 On the historic 50th Anniversary, this reissued edition looks at the contemporary meanings and influences of images of the JFK assassination by filmmakers, photographers, and artists
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 On the historic 50th Anniversary, this reissued edition looks at the contemporary meanings and influences of images of the JFK assassination by filmmakers, photographers, and artists
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Editorial Reviews

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 Praise for the First Edition:

"This history of the representation of the JFK assassination makes a terrific contribution to film studies and indeed to cultural studies generally. Moving with wit and erudition across political history, avant-garde film, serigraphy, journalism, and mass-market film, Simon transcends the banalities of the high culture/low culture binary to produce a study of exemplary range and insight." 
—David E. James, School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California

Library Journal
Beginning with a description of a poster for a punk band and ending with a critique of the movie JFK the exemplary "Hollywood narrative discourse", this work marshals an impressive array of cultural information in attempting to provide an overall history of the genre. Simon Montclair State Univ. closely examines images and films, relating them to the continuing struggle over the authoring and interpretation of the story of Kennedy's death. Sections are devoted to the journalistic evidence, including the Zapruder film; the works of avant-garde artists Andy Warhol, Bruce Connor, the Ant Farm, and what Simon calls the "Pop Camp"; and, finally, a group of Hollywood films. The author handles the films with flair, providing a chapter on the underappreciated Connor's Report, which we learn in the epilog actually inspired the entire effort. Simon's stated aim of providing a contexta historyis not clearly fulfilled, but this critical examination will no doubt interest all who continue to be fascinated by this controversy.Jane E. Sloan, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439910443
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2012
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,001,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Art Simon is Associate Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at Montclair State University and is co-editor (with Cynthia Lucia and Roy Grundmann) of The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Assassination Debates 1
Ch. 1 The Zapruder Film 35
Ch. 2 The Body 55
Ch. 3 Images of Oswald 71
Ch. 4 The Warhol Silkscreens 101
Ch. 5 The Pop Camp 119
Ch. 6 Bruce Conner 131
Ch. 7 Assassination Video 145
Ch. 8 Executive Action 165
Ch. 9 The Parallax View/ Winter Kills/ Blow Out 183
Ch. 10 JFK 205
Epilogue 221
Notes 223
Index 259
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