Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
This movie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well.Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Today, "Camelot" is a title often used to refer to John F. Kennedy's tenure as President of the United States of America. But it was actually Jacqueline Kennedy who introduced the idea after Kennedy's death. Jackie's real-life interview with LIFE Magazine inspired the reel interview depicted in this movie. In the interview, Jackie spoke of her husband's love of the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical titled "Camelot", which was later filmed in the 1960s, and especially the lyrics: "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." That brief shining moment became a powerful descriptor of Kennedy's sudden loss that reverberated. Said Jackie in the interview: "There will be great Presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot." See more »
In the film the Journalist played by Billy Crudup interviews Jackie for an article. The location in the film is portrayed as "Hyannis Port" when in actuality Jackie was interviewed in early 1964 but it was in her new townhouse in the heart of Washington. See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly what I...
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Somewhere in the process of making this movie, I'm sure there was a good script. Somewhere, perhaps even the editing room floor, there may even still be a good movie to be found... Sadly, such a film was not seen on screen.
When first announced, I was so excited for this. A stellar cast, a strong concept, and to boot the trailer was original and looked promising!
To be fair and give credit,the cast all perform admirably and Portman deserves the praise she is receiving. The fault does not lie there.
From the opening shots of the movie, accompanied by its dismal score that grates on your senses, prospects begin to dim. Such poorly framed and composed shots I have not seen in a major motion picture in a very, very long time and as the story unfolds haphazardly with its clunky editing and snails pace, hope in the auditorium began to fade.
I stayed awake throughout - though the task proved difficult and I cannot say the same for many of my fellow movie goers...
In the end, it is such a shame as there was so much potential here that is wasted by poor editing, direction, cinematography, and score and even in spite of strong performances and a compelling script somewhere beneath, this whole production tragically falls to tedium...
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