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1960 (USA) See more »
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 ... Himself - 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
Terence Macartney-Filgate .... photographer (as Terrence McCartney Filgate)
Albert Maysles .... 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
Terence Macartney-Filgate .... sequence editor (as Terrence McCartney Filgate)
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 Robert Drew in His Own Words (2016) (V)See more »


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cinema verite documentary, 9 November 2016
Author: SnoopyStyle

Filmmaker Robert Drew follows Senators Hubert H. Humphrey and John F. Kennedy as they campaign for the Wisconsin Democratic primary in the wintry start of 1960. There is limited narration. It is a cinema verite documentary. It's a lot of glad handing and chicken dinner speeches. It's the grinding daily political theater. As archival footage, this is fascinating for politics history junkies. The sound can vary in quality. There are glimpses of Jacqueline Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy clan. There is definitely a difference in the two campaigns. While Humphrey talks to reserved farmers, Kennedy is fighting through throngs of excited people. In the end, JFK comes out ahead 2 to 1 on primary night. The last image is a straggling dusty old car with a Humphrey sticker rolling down the road.

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