As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination
approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt
our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home
movie of the incident filmed by Abraham Zapruder, a bystander who
became one of the twentieth century's most important accidental
The first book devoted exclusively to the topic,
Zaprudered traces the journey of the film and its
effect on the world's collective imagination. Providing insightful
perspective as an observer of American culture, Norwegian media
studies scholar Øyvind Vågnes begins by analyzing three narratives
that are projections of Zapruder's images: performance group Ant
Farm's video The Eternal Frame, Don DeLillo's novel
Underworld, and an episode from Seinfeld.
Subsequent topics he investigates include Dealey Plaza's Sixth
Floor Museum, Zoran Naskovski's installation Death in
Dallas, assassin video games, and other artifacts of the
ways in which the footage has made a lasting impact on popular
culture and the historical imagination. Vågnes also explores the
role of other accidental documentarians, such as those who captured
scenes of 9/11.
Zapruder's footage has never yielded a conclusive account of
what happened in Dealey Plaza. Zaprudered thoroughly
examines both this historical enigma and its indelible afterimages
in our collective imagination.
Subjects: Film Studies, History
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