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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
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Introduction to 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Join TCM on this somber anniversary as we commemorate the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, on November 22, 1963. Our lineup of films includes four works about Kennedy by Robert Drew, a prolific and innovative American documentary filmmaker known as a pioneer of cinéma vérité. His films about Kennedy offer an illuminating look at the President before and during his presidency, as well as showing reactions to his funeral.

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.
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