Saturday, January 3, 2015

TIME-LIFE'S 35 MM SLIDES FROM THE ZAPRUDER FILM

TIME-LIFE'S 35MM SLIDES FROM THE ZAPRUDER FILM 

Dallas, Texas (JFKASSASSINATION) This evening we have been reviewing Chapter 1 of Josiah Thompson's "Six Seconds in Dallas," titled "The View From The Thirtieth Floor."

The chapter begins by telling the story of how Abraham Zapruder left his movie camera at home the morning of November 22, 1963 but later made the 14 mile round-trip to retrieve it. 




Abraham Zapruder's 
Bell & Howell Zoomatic
Warren Commission Exhibit

It was an act of fate because the movie he made of President John F. Kennedy's motorcade in Dealey Plaza early that afternoon would become the most famous home movie in history.

What particularly caught my attention in this rereading of Professor Thompson's book came in the NOTES at the end of the chapter.

We learn that the 35 millimeter slides made from the original film purchased from Mr. Zapruder by Time-Life Corporation were of the best quality but the copies provided by the company to both the FBI and the Warren Commission, were of poorer quality than the copies made by Time-Life "for Time-Life." 

This question comes to mind,,,

How can a business corporation, despite being the owner of the copyright of a film, be permitted to submit inferior quality copies of stills of that film to government agencies investigating the assassination of the President of the United States?

Professor Thompson points out that Sylvia Meagher, in her book Accessories After the Fact, also "found the Archives' 35-millimeter slides of the Zapruder film" to be "unclear." 

SOURCE

"Six Seconds In Dallas, A Micro-Study of the Kennedy Assassination," by Josiah Thompson, Random House, 1967.