President John F. Kennedy making decisions during integration crisis

PRIMARY (1960) / CRISIS (1963)

2011 Alumni

Expected to Attend: D.A. Pennebaker

Produced by the team of Drew Associates with Richard Leacock playing an important creative role, these two classics on John F. Kennedy were major breakthroughs in what became known as cinema vérité. For Primary (53 min, 1960) Robert Drew and Leacock convinced Kennedy to grant unprecedented access to his Presidential campaign. In Crisis (52 min, 1963), Drew’s team captures a showdown between Governor George Wallace (filmed by Leacock in Alabama) and Kennedy (filmed by D.A. Pennebaker in the White House) over school integration.



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Running Time: 105 min.