Robert Drew Collection: JFK Revealed (Primary / Crisis / Faces of November)
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CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT - DVD Features: Running Commentary from Robert Drew and Photographer Richard Leacock; Bonus Film: Faces of November; Filmmaker Biography
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There is very little narration in his films; none is needed, thanks to Drew's brilliant direction and editing, and Richard Leacock's cutting-edge camera work. This two-disc set gives you an intimate and close-up look at Kennedy and other prominent figures who worked with and against him during this historical period.
Disc one follows Democratic Presidential hopefuls John Kennedy and Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey in the days leading up to the 1960 Wisconsin Primary. Robert Drew puts you up close and personal with the candidates as they travel from town to town across Wisconsin, shaking hands, mingling with voters and speaking at rallies. In the beginning, Senator Humphrey appears to be the clear-cut favorite, especially in the farming communities; he's the candidate from the neighboring state of Minnesota who has fought for the farmers in Washington. Kennedy, on the other hand, is seen by the agricultural community as a slick, big-city politician from the northeast who favors the wealthy. In the end,the big-city vote and the Kennedy charisma wins Wisconsin. The camera beautifully captures the adoration toward the Kennedys from the people of Wisconsin. The women are clearly charmed by the vigorous young candidate from Massachusetts; the men are enamored with his secret weapon, the lovely Jackie. The film concludes with a behind-the-scenes look at the Kennedy and Humphrey camps as they watch the returns trickle in. The camera effectively captures every nerve-wracking moment of that night.Read more ›
I also thought to it was wonderful to get a glimpse of America in the late 50s/early 60s; to paraphrase Bob Dylan - "times, they have 'a changed." Wow - have they changed!
Only thing which I did not like was that there are no subtitles. Luckily, I was brought up in Mass so could "translate" most of it - but I certainly did not catch everything!
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Nobody should buy this particular item since the remastered, upgraded, and re-released version of this item is here The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates (The Criterion... Read morePublished 24 months ago by derekdrew
Product arrived on time and in expected condition. This will be a valued addition to our biography/teaching library for our home-schooling children.Published on June 20, 2014 by cacf
Considering the historical importance of these films to see them put out as what looks like VHS transfers is appalling .Published on October 24, 2012 by whiteside