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John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965)

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22 January 1965 (Sweden)  »

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Anni di luce giorno di lutto  »

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The film, about the administration of assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, received a much wider and more generalized distribution than Four Days in November (1964), a film also about Kennedy, even playing in theaters that regularly screened big-screen blockbusters. See more »

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Offscreen Narrator: The wave of the arts and creativity in the White House spread over Washington, and in the evening the daylight discussions of McNamara, Harriman and Rusk were replaced by Grieg, Chopin, and Liszt.
[offscreen, the sound of a solo piano playing classical music]
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1,000 days of the JFK Administration and one day of his burial
23 November 2003 | by (Munich) – See all my reviews

Bruce Herschensohn's documentary covers the remarkable 1,000 days of the JFK Administration and the day of the young president's burial. Along with domestic highlights such as Kennedy's White House speech to the first Peace Corps volunteers, the Civil Rights crisis and the space race, there are the dramatic international moments: the Cuban crisis, Berlin crisis — "if war begins, it begins in Moscow, not Berlin" — his journey to Costa Rica, his speech at the Berlin Wall and his visit to the Kennedy ancestral home in Ireland. Interspersed between these segments are poignant scenes from the 1963 funeral. The sense of grief and hope lost is palpable.

Gregory Peck's narration is at times stern, at times wistful: "History will pick up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date and time and the city. But history will be wrong, for there wasn't one date, or time, or city." Produced by the United States Information Agency, Herschensohn's film is historically important as one can witness the process by which JFK the man becomes JFK the myth.


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