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The assassination of John F. Kennedy provoked severe public debates and centred the world's recognition at the recorded info of the development in nonetheless and relocating photographs. excessive scrutiny of the testimony and pictures grew to become a countrywide obsession. "Dangerous wisdom" argues that the very currents that powered the debates additionally brought on a concern in interpretation that profoundly affected American tradition. From 1963 to the current day, novice sleuths have proposed compelling theories of who was once liable for Kennedy's demise and why. within the strategy they entered into an ongoing fight based in questions of authority: Who has entry to proof and the ability to interpret background? what's the relation of images and flicks to the writing of background? to teach how this fight actually replaced historical past and figured within the avant-garde's inventive construction, paintings Simon considers quite a lot of cultural paintings formed by way of the assassination. Simon finds the effect of the assassination theorists on advertisement movies corresponding to "JFK" and "Parallax View" and exhibits how the pictures that covered the media resurfaced in Andy Warhol's silk monitors, paintings and underground movie of Bruce Conner, and different Nineteen Sixties artists the place they develop into automobiles for difficult the reality price of photos or the public's unending fascination with celebrities. paintings Simon is Assistant Professor of movie stories at Montclair nation college, New Jersey.

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3. Arts, Modern–20th century – United States. I. Title. II. Series. K45856 1996 • 700–dc20 95–24784 Page vii for Barbara and my father Page ix Contents Acknowledgments, xiIntroduction: The Assassination Debates, 1 PART ONEChapter 1The Zapruder Film, 35Chapter 2The Body, 55Chapter 3Images of Oswald, 71 PART TWOChapter 4The Warhol Silkscreens, 101Chapter 5The Pop Camp, 119Chapter 6Bruce Conner, 131Chapter 7Assassination Video, 145 PART THREEChapter 8Executive Action, 165Chapter 9The Parallax View/Winter Kills/ Blow Out, 183Chapter 10JFK, 205 Epilogue, 221 Notes, 223 Index, 259 Page xi Acknowledgments any people have played important roles over the course of my work on this project.

Garrison charged Clay Shaw, a prominent businessman and director of the New Orleans International Trade Mart, with taking part in an assassination conspiracy with several anti-Castro Cubans who were former CIA agents. Although the trial did not get under way until February of 1969, Garrison had as early as 1967 set about publicizing his investigation and enlisting the eager assistance of assassination critics. His efforts were accorded some sympathetic press coverage, most notably Ramparts' issue of January 1968.

The Zapruder film's appearance in Thompson's reissue and Anson's book was accompanied by widespread screenings elsewhere. AIB college presentations had been supplemented by fifth- and sixth-generation bootleg prints. But in 1975 Robert Groden, a New York photo optics expert, completed years of working with Zapruder's film, producing a high-quality, image-enhanced print with crucial sections, primarily frames of Kennedy's head wounds, slowed and magnified. Groden's print was exhibited at the AIB Boston conference in January 1975 and then on March 6 and March 27 Page 19 of that year, for the first time to a national audience, on the ABC broadcast “Goodnight America” with Geraldo Rivera.

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