The moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world.
Abraham Zapruder didn't know when he began filming President Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963 that his home movie would change not only his family's life but American culture and history, as well. Now his granddaughter tells the whole story of the Zapruder film for the first time. With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, Federal government, and the arts community. Part biography, part family history, and part historical narrative, Zapruder shows how 26 seconds of film changed a family and raised some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Alexandra Zapruder began her career on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she later earned her Master's Degree in Education at Harvard University. She is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She also served as the guest curator for an exhibition of original diaries at Holocaust Museum Houston. She wrote and co-produced I'm Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on Salvaged Pages, which was awarded the Jewish Image Award for Best Television Special by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was nominated for two Emmy awards. Alexandra has traveled around the country and spoken to thousands of teachers, students, and others about her work.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Home Movie 19
Chapter 1 Assassination 27
Chapter 2 Exposure 48
Chapter 3 First Glimpses 75
Chapter 4 All Rights to LIFE 104
Chapter 5 Images in Print 129
Chapter 6 Mounting Pressure 158
Chapter 7 Court Cases and Bootlegs 189
Chapter 8 LIFE's Dilemma 223
Chapter 9 The Eternal Frame and the Endless Debates 254
Chapter 10 The Floodgates Open 276
Chapter 11 JFK: The Movie and the Assassination Records Act 299
Chapter 12 To Take or Not to Take the Film 319
Chapter 13 A Final Firestorm 348
Chapter 14 Arbitration and Resolution 381
Epilogue: Public and Private Legacy 413
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautifully written. A one-of-a-kind take on a critical topic. A must-read
I would prefer to leave no stars for the following reasons: David Wrone's 1993 book, The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination, is a technical and in-depth analysis of the film. It was written after over 25 years of research, including suing the United States government for records of Zapruder's 26-second film of Kennedy's assassination, in particular records relating to its acquisition and purchase. David Wrone is an academic with a doctorate in American history. Wrone is on the board of directors of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, an organization founded in 1984 to research and compile records related to political assassinations. In the overview for the Alexandra Zapruder book, it is stated that, "With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history....." What is written about "the film's complex journey" was taken directly from Wrone's years of research, contained in his 1993 book. Essentially, Ms. Zapruder's only contribution to her book is the memories of family members that were alive at the time. Abraham Zapruder was paid $50,000 for the print rights and an additional $150,000 for the film rights. He gave $25,000 of that money to J.D. Tippit's widow, on the advice of his lawyer. He was afraid that people would see Zapruder as a Jewish man seeking money. Ms. Zapruder fails to mention that the family, after Abraham's death in 1970, demanded 30 million dollars after the US Government offered them ONE million dollars for the original film. By this time, the original film was worn and crumbling and could not be preserved. The Government eventually had to pay 16 million to get the film. Prior to that, Abraham's son had rented the film out for one-time viewings, and although estimates of the exact fee vary, Oliver Stone allegedly paid at least $40,000 to only use the footage in his film JFK. All of this information is available from historical sources on the Internet.