New JFK film about ordinary people, not conspiracies
VENICE (AFP) - Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, director Peter Landesman transports the viewer behind the scenes to witness the chaos, panic and grief of the infamous event in his new movie Parkland, which premiered in Venice Sunday.
"The film is not about conspiracies. We chose to tell a truthful story, one we know happened to those particular characters, the ordinary people caught up in the wake of this historical event," first-time director Landesman said.
Parkland opens with the famous home movie footage inadvertently captured by Abraham Zapruder showing Kennedy being shot as his motorcade passes through Dealey Plaza, Dallas, on November 22, 1963.
It then follows the secret service agents on the mad rush to the Parkland hospital and the medics who battle to save the US president, before shifting the focus to the hunt for suspect Lee Harvey Oswald and his murder.