This past week there have been many TV shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. And even after all these years, most of the American public still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in killing Kennedy.
According to last week’s CBS Sunday Morning, Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK,” is still the most telling argument for the conspiracy theory.
I met Stone during the filming of “The Doors” in California where I had a small part as a waitress serving at the “Whisky a Go Go,” where The Doors once played as the house band. It was on Sunset Blvd. at San Vicente in West Hollywood. It represented the kind of accuracy in filming that Stone liked to do when documenting an actual event.
(I enclose a photo of “Whisky,” which is still open, as it appeared in 2007.)
The shoot where I was had a “call time” of 10 p.m. and actually began filming around 11 p.m. I was there for several hours while Stone got the lighting and atmosphere right. I remember that Stone was a very “hands-on” director and he probably staged the filming at night to get the atmosphere right.
I was in a scene where Val Kilmer, playing Jim Morrison, was singing with The Doors. I specifically remember Kilmer as Morrison getting very frustrated with the band because in the scene they couldn’t get what he was trying to convey to them as the message in the music.
Of course, Stone’s message in “JFK” was that a conspiracy existed, most likely through members of the C.I.A. to remove Kennedy from world power. He still believes this to be true.
After seeing the movie, “JFK,” I think Oliver Stone had great attention to detail and presented his feelings about the whole shooting of the president with the Warren Commission finding Oswald as a lone shooter was impossible because of many discrepancies such as the “magic bullet” which supposedly caused seven separate wounds. His argument was so eloquent in the movie that I along with most people still today tend to agree that one man couldn’t have been solely responsible for that history changing event.
The thing that struck me about looking back at JFK and his wife Jackie Kennedy was how much Jackie was a precursor to Princess Diana of England, and how they both came from outside of politics or royalty but both stepped into the world’s view as movie-star royalty and both left the world in tragedy -- Jackie in losing her husband and Diana in losing her life.
Fifty years later in viewing videos of the eternal flame and still finding new facts about JFK’s life and that he struggled so much with illness, having been given last rites three times before he actually was shot, I can’t help but identify with one who struggled with a life-long chronic disease (Kennedy had Addison’s disease) and yet overcame all to achieve his goals.