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

John F. Kennedy's years as president.


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John F. Kennedy's years as president.

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22 January 1965 (Sweden)  »

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Anni di luce giorno di lutto  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film, produced by the United States Information Agency, was not intended for general public viewing, but it received such good advance notices that the agency eventually let Embassy Pictures release it to theaters. A soundtrack album, featuring both music and narration, was made in both mono and stereo by Capitol Records. See more »


Offscreen Narrator: And it was true the President was killed. But it was also true that the assassin missed his target, for he wanted John Kennedy to die, and that he was unable to do. For no man can take away years of lightning with a single day of drums.
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A powerful eulogy to our late President that still has impact
8 September 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

Obviously, coming from Boston and being a Democrat, I'm biased. But despite the passage of four decades, this film holds up very well in content and presentation. Though fully descriptive, Gregory Peck's narrative is not over-blown, and the narration as a whole allows President Kennedy's own words and actions to speak for themselves. Further, the cuts are long enough to provide more than simple "soundbites" or snippets.

This is a film that still has the power to move people, even those who were not yet born and even people who are not American. I have vivid memories of an audience in Ghana in tears in 1971, and even now watching the faces of visitors to the Kennedy Library shows its continuing effectiveness (albeit presumably visitors to the Kennedy Library have a predisposition to view JFK's life and deeds favorably). If you have the chance to see it, you should.

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