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 »
[just before JFK is shown delivering the Cuban Missile Crisis speech]
The President was set back at the Bay of Pigs. In 1962, he could not be set back, or it could mean war, and a hushed and awestruck world listened to every word of the President.
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1,000 days of the JFK Administration and one day of his burial
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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