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MLK: The Assassination Tapes (2012)

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Relive an unspeakable tragedy detailed with unforgettable images, videos, and recordings only recently rediscovered.

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Relive an unspeakable tragedy detailed with unforgettable images, videos, and recordings only recently rediscovered.

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Informative documentary about an infamous incident
30 December 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This documentary looks at Martin Luther King's assassination. But unlike most similar films it does so by only using primary source material from the time such as TV clips and police radio broadcasts. There is no analysis from present day historians nor are there recollections from people who were there when it happened. All material used is from the time. In this way MLK: The Assassination Tapes is a very pure piece of historical documentation. By adopting this approach, of course, it limits itself. Certain points and areas could be covered better if the film-makers allowed themselves to look back on the events and look at things from the present day perspective. But at the end of the day this is simply not that kind of documentary and it's purity of content is what makes it what it is. The footage, stills and audio all come from the period covering the events that led King to visit Memphis in the first place, his subsequent assassination, the mourning that followed and the eventual capture of his killer. The late 60's was a monumentally interesting and exciting time in American history and this is one of the major events of that time. It should appeal to those with an interest in American history of the period.


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