On this day, 50 years ago, multiple shots suddenly rang out after President John F. Kennedy‘s motorcade turned the corner and came into Dealey Plaza. Abraham Zapruder‘s 8mm Kodachrome camera caught the horrifying moment on film, with the President’s head snapping back and to the left, and that 26.6 seconds of footage becoming forever scrutinized and debated in the years to come. The event has also served as inspiration for countless movies about the JFK Assissination, 8 of which we investigate here. But what about the other evidence on the ground? What about the other people who were taking pictures and filming that day? That’s the question that Errol Morris‘ probing, fascinating short documentary “November 22, 1963” gets into.
The director sits down with Josiah “Tink” Thompson, Yale graduate and author of “Six Seconds In Dallas,” which posits that three gunman were responsible in the death for JFK. Thompson, now a private investigator, doesn’t trot out wild conspiracy theories, choosing instead to look at the evidence — in this case, a wealth of photographic material from that day beyond Zapruder’s film, that, rather surprisingly, the government seemed not quite as interested in collecting as the press. The short doc runs through the additional images that were captured on that day, making a quietly persuasive case that more happened than the Warren Commission report suggests. Morris’ thoughts on the matter, penned for The New York Times who also commissioned the short, are philosophical about it all.
Is there a lesson to be learned? Yes, to never give up trying to uncover the truth. Despite all the difficulties, what happened in Dallas happened in one way rather than another. It may have been hopelessly obscured, but it was not obliterated. Tink still believes in answers, and in this instance, an answer.
Check it out below. For more by Morris and Tink on the JFK assassination, be sure to watch “The Umbrella Man” right here.