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Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Robert Drew ... Himself
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself
Joseph Julian ... Narrator (voice)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself

Directed by
Robert Drew 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Drew 

Produced by
Robert Drew .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard Leacock 
Albert Maysles 
Sound Department
Robert Drew .... sound recordist
D.A. Pennebaker .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Leacock .... photographer
Albert Maysles .... photographer
Terrence McCartney Filgate .... photographer
D.A. Pennebaker .... photographer
Editorial Department
Robert Drew .... managing editor
Robert Farren .... assembly editor
Allen Hotchner .... on-line editor
Other crew
Richard Leacock .... sequence editor
Terrence McCartney Filgate .... sequence editor
D.A. Pennebaker .... sequence editor

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60 min
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jacqueline Kennedy is singing along with supporters at a campaign rally, her lips are not in sync.See more »
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Historically Important and Entertaining, 21 November 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Primary (1960)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Historically important documentary covers the 1960 Wisconsin primary featuring Hubert Humphrey going up against John F. Kennedy. Considering what would happen over the next three years, watching this film today is pretty remarkable because you can easily see why Kennedy would eventually become president. Just watching the two candidates work just shows an old school and new school and it's not hard to see why Kennedy would eventually get in the office. It's pretty interesting watching this today because of the fact that Kennedy would be assassinated three years after all of this was shot. It's hard not to see Kennedy and that smile of his and not feel sad because no one could have known what was to follow. Director Robert Drew does a very good job at really being fair to both men as I think the documentary shows both of them in a very good and positive light. I really liked the way the film was shot as the camera is more often than not right up on the men, the people meeting them and this look really makes you feel as if you're right there by these people. There's no question that the visual style of this film would have a major impact on future films including Bob Dylan's DON'T LOOK BACK. Running just under a hour, the film manages to be highly entertaining from start to finish but even more so because we know what the final result was.

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