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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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Featured in "The Hour: Episode #7.160" (2011)See more »


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Assembly Edit from 1960, 24 May 2014
Author: teddyryan from United States

I wasn't a huge fan of PRIMARY. Being a JFK and 1960s political buff, I highly anticipated the behind the scenes campaign film. Due to my lack of interest in Hubert Humphrey, unfortunately, I spent most of the viewing time hitting the fast forward button to the Kennedy segments.

Regardless, this film does show the overwhelming and taxing manner of campaigning and how it takes a person that does not appear to be mortal to carry out such a function.

The camera gets intimately close to JFK when he enters rally halls. There's a few shots that are groundbreaking in this sequence. It almost appears that the cameraman glued his lens to the back of Kennedy's collar. It creates an eye opening feeling of proximity.

Therefore, I guess if you eliminated Humphrey from the film or showcased the Presidential Election itself, you'd have a much more interesting piece of work.

Ted Ryan

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