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The Cecil Camp Family Collection, no. 1 - Dealey Plaza and JFK Assassination News Coverage (1963)

Marceal Clark

Silent | 1963

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  •  The Sheraton Dallas 
  •  The Texas School Book Depository Building 
  •  Driving through Dealey Plaza, the Texas School Book Depository Building the focus as they drive away 
  •  Flags at half-mast 
  •  Scenes of the family television 
  •  Returning to Dealey Plaza 
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This home movie captures scenes of Dealey Plaza after President Kennedy’s assassination, as well as images of the Camp family television as a news broadcast about Lee Harvey Oswald airs. In Dealey Plaza, the Camps document the Texas School Book Depository Building as they drive through the plaza, then at home, the television depicts images of the recent events surrounding the assassination, focusing on a mugshot of Oswald. The scenes of the Camp family television represent home media practice in the era before VCRs and DVRs, when a person who wanted to record an event off of the television would do so by pointing the film camera towards the screen. Events captured in this manner tended to be significant world events that the filmmaker felt strongly about saving for the future.