New footage of events you may have already seen on film
Kennedy's debates with Nixon, his speech in Berlin, his visits and
motorcades in several countries--these are pretty familiar. But a lot
of the footage in this documentary is new and often enough filmed from
up close, giving a feel for the excitement of the moment. Even more
interesting are segments showing Jack with Bobby and other top advisers
strategizing on how to deal with George Wallace as the then-governor of
Alabama was preparing to block access to the doors at U. of Alabama for
two black students.
We also see a few brief public speeches by Jackie, a motorcade with de
Gaulle in Paris, and--most interestingly--snippets from Kennedy's
televised press conferences (something the documentary says he
originated) that show him to be both witty and generally on top of
Alec Baldwin's commentary is articulate and friendly but never fawning.
There's a brief mention of "dalliances"; same for his back problems. If
you want to be reminded of what made Kennedy such a charismatic figure,
you probably won't do better than this.
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