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Reporting an Assassination
"Parkland" director Peter Landesman on JFK research
DAILY Screens  November 22, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...If you've got a conspiracy theory about the JFK assassination, Peter Landesman doesn't want to know. The director of Parkland wants facts, not conjecture, and knows that's not always popular..."

JFK
Oliver Stone gives the "lone gunman" assassination theory a run for its money.
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Film Review  December 27, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...So, too, with JFK. Here the bottom line is the demolition of the “lone gunman” assassination theory..."

Letters at 3AM: JFK and That Hard Rain
When boomers and their offspring die out, Kennedy's assassination will have the approximate historical echo of William McKinley's
Columns  November 22, 2013, by Michael Ventura
"...I didn't like what happened. Assassination is anti-democratic..."

Point Austin: Reflections on Assassination
Trying to find some wisdom on a grim anniversary
News Column  November 22, 2013, by Michael King
"...I suppose we've nearly reached the historical tipping point of cultural obsession with the Kennedy assassination. Most younger people I know don't share my generation's sense that the moment marked a loss of American innocence; that current honor goes, understandably enough, to 9/11..."

Remembering JFK
Archives offer insights gleaned 50 years since JFK's assassination
DAILY The Gay Place  November 24, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...Texas Investigates: the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Wounding of Governor John B..."

The November Men
Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. You can go mad with conspiracy fever and, if you're cinematically...
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Film Review  July 8, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Williams, Beau Starr, Caralissa Gines and Robert Davi. Now I know what can happen after one too many viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination..."

Friend of the Family
In Thomas Mallon's new nonfiction book, the strangest figure in the JFK assassination is the most honest one.
Books Story  January 25, 2002, by Clay Smith
"...To students of the JFK assassination, the strange life of Ruth Paine is yet another reason to insist that the truth is out there. Michael and Ruth Paine moved to Irving from southeastern Pennsylvania in 1959 because Michael went to work for Bell Helicopter, a new company in Ft..."

A Journey to 'Parkland'
Writer/director Peter Landesman on the untold stories of JFK's death
DAILY Screens  October 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...When journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman started writing the script for his JFK assassination film Parkland, he knew there was still drama in the oft-told tragedy. He said, "The movie's shocking, not because we don't know the outcome, but because the real journey of how we got there is so interesting and heroic."..."

Nostradamus
This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the JFK assassination, both world wars,...
Film Review  December 2, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This bio-pic, set in 16th-century Europe, depicts the life and times of the famed physician and prognositicator Nostradamus. His adherents claim his predictions included the JFK assassination, both world wars, AIDS, moon landings, and more..."

ASK: Roland Swenson
JFK symposium exposes SXSW head as CIA operative!
DAILY Music  November 21, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...From 1991 to 1994, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson co-hosted an annual conference in Dallas called the Assassination Symposium on Kennedy, known as ASK, that drew hundreds of curious characters seeking the truth about John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination..."

The JFKonspiracy
Kathy McCarty wants to know "Why?" Why is wanting to know more about the Kennedy Assassination such social suicide?
Features Story  November 10, 2000, by Kathy McCarty
"...At the same time, most people are similarly disinclined to be thought so impossibly naive that they buy the Warren Commission Report. Off the top of my head, I would say the most popular attitude adopted by people in general toward the assassination of JFK is one of more or less silent and knowing skepticism..."

Jackie
A portrait of the First Lady in the aftermath of JFK's assassination
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Film Review  December 23, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Intimacy can be a terrifying thing, and Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero) and screenwriter Noah Oppenheim have made the most intimate portrait yet of Jacqueline Kennedy’s horrifying ordeal following the assassination of her husband, president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jackie has a nightmare vibe to it that’s palpable and unsettling, and Portman’s performance as the widowed first lady is a tour de force of conflicting emotions brought on by the impossibly ghastly reality bookending that sunny day in Dallas..."

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
Ron Howard tackles the Beatles
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Film Review  September 9, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Certain key elements and figures (i.e., Brian Epstein) are glossed over, and the film’s U.S.-centric biases are front and center. Beatlemania is seen through the fulcrum of such events as JFK’s assassination and the escalating war in Vietnam..."

It All Began So Beautifully ...
LBJ Library and Museum houses Austin's key connection to Kennedy's assassination
Arts Story  November 22, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Elsewhere, on the ground floor, across from the freshly made­over LBJ animatronic, is a bank of telephones and touch screens titled "Please Hold for the President." Visitors may pick up an old-school phone receiver and listen to recordings of conversations – like so many future Watergate buggers – between LBJ and a host of historic figures in the first days after the assassination: Gerald Ford, Nellie Connally, Rose Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and more...."

Notes on Mad Dogs
If you were young, talented, and a little crazy in the old Austin, you may have answered to the bizarre title of "Mad Dog."
Books Story  January 26, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...Mad Dog behavior generally fits in with what one hears about the Sixties counterculture that was being waged on a national level, but Mad Dog and the counterculture are not the same thing. The anti-Texas fervor that existed in the nation after the JFK assassination, coupled with the transformation that was happening in Texas from a rural to urban society, made Mad Dog artists acutely aware of their status as creative people from a place that most observers thought was deeply uncreative..."

Shelf Life
Director Paul Bartel has a talent for identifying great premises. As evidence, I offer examples like the “pound-of-flesh” financing scheme of Eating Raoul, the Machiavellian auto race of Death Race...
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Film Review  November 11, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Originated for the stage by the same three performers who here bring these characters to the screen, the story is an extended meditation on the effects of lengthy isolation and physical containment on the growth of the individual. On November 22, 1963, a typical nuclear family is watching TV and, upon seeing JFK's assassination, become convinced that the commies have taken over and head immediately for their basement fallout shelter..."

In the Line of Fire
The only thing “that's not gonna happen” (to quote the movie's catch-phrase) is box-office failure for In the Line of Fire. Eastwood's latest, in which he stars but does not...
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Film Review  July 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Eastwood's latest, in which he stars but does not direct, is a smart and absorbing contemporary thriller. His Frank Horrigan, a weathered Secret Service agent spackled with guilt(?), remorse(?), self-doubt(?), confusion(?) regarding his role in the 1963 assassination of JFK, is a classic creation..."

Ruby
Ruby has the look of a cheap knockoff hustled along to cash in on the success of Oliver Stone's JFK. They get the period details right and the cheesy sets...
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Film Review  April 3, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...The movie falls so in love with its sweet protagonist that it tries to make him a real hero. Not to dive into the sinkhole that is assassination speculation, but only two things about Ruby's actions seem likely: either by shooting Oswald he was cleaning up a few loose ends for someone, or he was acting out of grief and some crazy idea of revenge..."

This Terrible Moment
'All the Way' playwright Robert Schenkkan and its LBJ, Bryan Cranston, on JFK's assassination
Arts Story  November 22, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Asked what he found then that interested him the most, Cranston turned to a memento from the wake of John Kennedy's assassination: "A very little thing, but it meant a lot to me," he said. "There was a letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Lyndon Johnson about four days after the assassination, and in it she thanked him and praised him for his courage to walk with Jack during the funeral procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C..."

Watchmen on the Walls of Freedom
UT composer Dan Welcher commemorates JFK: The Voice of Peace 40 years after the President's scheduled visit to Austin.
Music Story  November 7, 2003, by Robert Faires
"..."I remember working on the final part of the piece," e-mails Welcher, "in which the assassination is described by two Peace Corps volunteers. I was in Bellagio, Italy, at a beautiful artist's retreat on Lake Como, and for a week I would show up to dinner with red eyes...."

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