[Kennnedy's assasination] altered [people's] relationship to him. And that's what the film is about. The first part of Report—there is no real film there—it's the sound of a man dying. The second part of Report is after the man has died: the exploitation of his death, all the grotesque and sacrilegious and immoral things that were done. And the excuse was that it was respect for the dead or his memory.
The Tragedy of Myth and Spectacle
Bruce Conner's Report
When President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November of 1963, Bruce Conner was living seven blocks away from Kennedy's birthplace in Brookline, Massachusetts.Though the emotional weight of the event was felt by all Americans, whether they supported Kennedy or not, Conner said he felt a particular responsibility to create an artistic response to what he saw as the “exploitation of a man’s death.” Report, considered one of Conner’s most important works, departs from the boisterous tone of many of his other films; through his experimental use of montage, repetition, collaged found footage, and liminal juxtaposition of images and words, Conner creates an aggrieved, critical portrait of the creation of a myth, its inevitable tragedy and subsequent commodification.
I was obsessed...it took me two and a half years to finish the film....Part of the reason why it changed was I didn't want to stop the changes...life is change and when Report was finished, then he was dead, so it took two and a half years for me to acknowledge that he was dead.