Widely considered a breakthrough in documentary filmmaking, the three films in this collectible 2-disc set offer the most intimate and candid look at John F. Kennedy ever put on film.
PRIMARY: Selected as an historic American film for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, PRIMARY follows a week in the life of John F. Kennedy during the climax of his Wisconsin presidential primary run against Hubert Humphrey. The free wheeling photography captures the characters and flavor of campaign politics as they had never before been seen on film. PRIMARY is a cinematic experience unique in the history of film, the first in the development of American cinéma vérité, and a template for ground-breaking films Robert Drew would later shoot in the Kennedy White House.
CRISIS: Before John F. Kennedy's inauguration, Robert Drew screened "PRIMARY”- his film documenting Kennedy’s primary run against Hubert Humphrey- for him in West Palm Beach. Kennedy saw the historical significance of this new kind of filmmaking, and when Drew proposed to make a film on JFK, as a President dealing with a crisis, Kennedy agreed. CRISIS is Drew's second major film on JFK. It documents the showdown between Alabama Governor George Wallace and President Kennedy over the integration of the University of Alabama, which resulted in Kennedy becoming the first president since Abraham Lincoln to commit the power of the presidency behind civil rights as a moral issue.
FACES OF NOVEMBER: The first film to win two first prizes at the Venice Film Festival. Drew's final film on Kennedy offers a somber view of reactions to President Kennedy's funeral as reflected in the faces of participants and onlookers.
- Three seminal JFK films in one collectible 2 DVD set.
- Includes PRIMARY, CRISIS, and FACES OF NOVEMBER.
- Bonus features include commentary with Robert Drew and Albert Maysles.
- Region 1 format. Run time: Approximately 117 minutes.