Introduction to 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
Drew's Primary (1960), acknowledged as the first film in which documentary cameras move freely with the participants in a breaking story, shows then-Senator Kennedy running for the Presidential nomination of the Democratic party against Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey in the Wisconsin Presidential Primary. Adventures on the New Frontier (1961, TCM premiere) looks at Kennedy as he begins his presidency, becoming the first candid film ever shot of a President doing real work in the White House. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963) concerns JFK's decisions during his clash with Gov. George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama. Faces of November (1964) covers Kennedy's funeral as seen through the faces of onlookers.
Also showing are Mel Stuart's Four Days in November (1964), a film about the Kennedy assassination that was Oscar ®-nominated as Best Documentary Feature; and PT 109 (1963), a dramatized account of Kennedy's adventures as a Navy lieutenant in charge of a PT (patrol/torpedo) boat in the Solomon Islands during World War II. Cliff Robertson plays Kennedy in the latter film, originally released five months before JFK's death.