JFK Assassinated! – Errol Morris’s fascinating new documentary

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It’s like the uncertainty principle in physics: The closer you look at anything the less you know for sure.

Considering that the assassination of President John F Kennedy almost exactly 50 years ago (Nov 22, duh) is a lock for the most examined moment in American (and perhaps world) history, the myths, legends and theories about the killing have all but eclipsed the actual event.

Did Lee Harvey Oswald really kill the president? Or, more pressingly, did he really act alone? You know how all this goes.

Now the great documentarian Errol Morris has made a two-part, 20-minute documentary about the assassination, focusing on the research of Tink Thompson, whose knowledge of the photographic/filmic evidence of the crime is unparalleled. The New York Times put the video on the nyt website today, and you can watch the whole thing here, too.

Here’s “The Umbrella Man”:

And here’s the second part, “November 22, 1963”

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