Abraham Zapruder 8MM
JFK Assassination Camera And Film, 1963
A Sixteen Million Dollar Twenty-Eight Second 8 MM Film
The most famous 8MM movie footage ever taken was shot by Dallas dress
manufacturer Abraham Zapruder of the John F. Kennedy assassination in
Dallas, Texas November 22nd 1963. This is the exact model of 8 MM camera
Abraham Zapruder used to shoot the film. The film was shot on top of a
concrete mound on the grassy knoll in Daily Plaza. It is a record of a
few seconds before the assassination, what happened to President Kennedy
during the assassination and a second or so after the assassination. The
Abraham Zapruder film is a mere 486 frames, just six feet of film celluloid
and lasts only 26 seconds.
The Zapruder Film From A YouTube Video - Digital Versions.
Zupruder sold the 26 second film for $150,000 to Time-Life. That was a
huge amount of money in 1963. Time-Life published some frames in Life
Magazine but for many years, would not permit most of the public to view
testified before the Warren Commission. Zapruder passed away in Dallas
on 30th August, 1970.
The FBI has the original Abraham Zapruder camera on display (sometimes)
otherwise it's in the National Archives in Washington D.C. under
lock and key. The Zapruder film is 26 seconds long and is likely the most
famous 26 seconds of film, in American History.
right is the original camera with it's FBI evidence sticker on it
as it appears today. National Archives - Washington D.C.
here for a page that provides the brochure of the camera.
Camera Maker: Bell & Howell.
Model: 414PD Director Series
Film Type: Double 8mm - 25ft or 50ft film roll
Film Speeds: ASA 10 to ASA 40
Running Speed: Single frame, 16fps and 48fps (slow motion.)
Lens: Bell & Howell Varamat f1.8 / 9-27mm - Power Zoom
Mechanism: Spring Motor
Lightmeter: Built-in Dual Electric-Eye.
Non-reflex viewfinder (parallax corrected and coupled with zoom.)
The camera zooms from telephoto to wide angle. It focuses from
6.0 feet to infinity. The camera has built in haze filters.
The camera can adjust from f/1.8 to f/22 to accommodate all types
is the Spy And Private-Eye Museum's Display
Of The Same Model Camera Used By Abraham Zapruder
Zapruder - Live On Local Dallas TV
Interview With Abraham Zapruder
The camera's Selection switch
on the side gives selections of Animation, Stop, Run, and Slow Motion.
owned the original copy of the Zapruder film and it was somewhat suppressed
for many decades. Life Magazine originally published selected frames
from the film in a Life magazine issue dated November 25th, 1966 in
an article titled A Matter Of Reasonable Doubt. It was not until the
Jim Garrison trial of Claw Shaw that the complete film was viewed
in public. Over the years, it has caused a great deal of controversy.
Many assassination researchers has studied the film for decades and
many of them know each frame and frame number by heart. There have
been chapters on the film in hundreds of books on the Kennedy assassination
and several full length books about the film by itself. There has
also been dozens of videos and television specials done on the film.
In October of 1964 Life Magazine
published an issue on the findings of the Warren Commission. On the front
cover and inside was more published frames from the Zupruder film. The
photo on the left is a copy of that 1964 magazine. The photo on the right
is the issue Life Magazine did that contained a few frames from the Zupruder
Film the week after the assassination.
The public did not see the
complete Zapruder film until it was broadcast March 6th, 1975 on Good
Night America with with Geraldo Rivera, on ABC. That was 12 years after
the event. Over the years, there had been numerous bootlegged copies of
the film that assassination researchers could obtain. For years, the Zapruder
family retained a law firm that would enforce use of the film and protect
their copyright. The film ended up in the hands of the federal government.
There were many lawsuits over the film. One lawsuit claimed that since
the federal government now owned the film, there was no copyright and
the film was in the public domain. On Friday July 16th, 1999, a three-member
arbitration panel of the US Government awarded the Zapruder family heirs
$16 million for the film. This was likely the most expensive film ever
paid for. That's $615,384.61 a second and we are not even counting the
original $150,000 Zupruder was paid by Life Magazine for the film in 1963.
After the Zupruder family was paid the sixteen million, they donated the
film to the Sixth Floor Museum which is located in the old School Book
Depository Building in Dallas, Texas. You can click
here to read the press release from the Sixth Floor Museum. You can
also stop in at the Sixth
Floor Museum website.
Investigator Josiah Thompson spent years studying the JFK assassination.
In 1976 his book Six Seconds in Dallas was published which was a
micro-study of the Kennedy Assassination. Thompson's book claimed
that three gunman murdered President Kennedy.
Over the last 30 years
Thompson has investigated over a hundred murder cases. He participated
in the defense of Bill and Emily Harris in the Patty Hearst kidnapping,
and of Huey Newton on murder and assault charges. His most recent
high-profile cases include being investigator for Timothy McVeigh
in the Oklahoma bombing trial and investigating the bombing of environmental
activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney. In 1988 he published Gumshoe:
Reflections in a Private Eye, an account of his life as a private-eye.
Thompson's book is one
of literally hundreds of books that have been published in the Kennedy
assassination that site the Zapruder film.
Today, one can obtain a DVD of the film. Below is a copy of the DVD cover
The Bell &
Howell, Model 414PD Director Series could be obtained with a matching
movie projector which is pictured with the camera to the right. On
Display At The Spy And Private-Eye Museum.
The Controversy Continues today........
On the right is two books
that continue to help fuel the controversy concerning the Zapruder
The first is a recent book written by David E. Wrone titled The
Zapruder Film, Reframing JFK's Assassination. The second one by
James Fetzeris titled The Great Zapruder Film Hoax.
These are just two of hundreds of books with thousands of pages
pertaining to the Zapruder film. Over the years, the Zupruder film
has been said to prove Lee Oswald assassinated President Kennedy,
and proved that he did not. It has been claimed that the Zapruder
film is a fake, was touched up and/or altered. No other film in
history has been so controversial and the debates about what the
Zapruder film proves and disproves rages on even to this day. Looking
at the Kennedy assassination from an investigative prospective is
like falling into a bottomless pit of endless bits of evidence that
seem to contradicte each other. It's also a bottomless pit filled
with a lot of smoke and mirrors.
Zupruder wasn't even
an investigator but he ended up taking the evidence footage of the
decade in just twenty-right seconds. If Abraham Zupruder would have
been charging an hourly rate for his 28 seconds of eight MM film,
his hourly rate would have evidently been something like ah...a
little over one billion, nine hundred million, two hundred thousand
dollars an hour give or take a few million.Not a bad thing to point
out to clients who complain about your hourly rate and short video
clips! No other film in history has obtained higher compensation,
been studies by so many people nor been referred to in published
works so often as Zupruder's film was.
Note: Old Life Magazines, books
And DVD shown and the Bell & Howell movie camera model number 414PD
Director Series as well as the movie projector owned by Ralph Thomas.
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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