Parkland, which takes its name from the Dallas hospital where John F. Kennedy died 50 years ago this November, stands apart from the conspiracy-minded films about the assassination in the Oliver Stone vein. Journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman builds a drama around the ordinary people — including doctors, nurses, federal agents, and even hobbyist cameraman Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) — who stepped up in the crucial hours and days after the slaying. ”Somehow the intensity of the shooting schedule, the close quarters, and the missionized crew created a kind of crucible,” says Landesman of his directorial debut. ”The moviemaking experience was very much like surviving that weekend.”
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