Criterion Collection: Kennedy Films of Robert Drew

Criterion Collection: Kennedy Films of Robert Drew

John F. Kennedy
Director: Richard Leacock, Robert Drew, Albert Maysles
Cast: John F. Kennedy
Richard Leacock, Robert Drew, Albert Maysles,

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Overview

This multi-disc release from the Criterion Collection features four documentaries by director Robert Drew, who had unprecedented access to John F. Kennedy and his presidential administration in the early 1960s. Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, and Faces of November stand as compelling examples of Direct Cinema, a style of documentary similar to cinéma vérité. Among the men working with Drew on these films were Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles, all of whom became towering figures in the documentary genre. Extras include audio commentary on "Primary," featuring excerpts from a 1961 conversation between Drew , Leacock, Pennebaker, and film critic Gideon Bachmann.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2016
UPC: 0715515174312
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:49:00
Sales rank: 14,582

Special Features

Alternate twenty-six-minute cut of Primary, edited by filmmaker Richard Leacock; Audio commentary on Primary, featuring excerpts from a 1961 conversation between Leacock, filmmakers Robert Drew and D.A. Pennebaker, and film critic Gideon Bachmann; Robert Drew in His Own Words, a new documentary featuring archival interview footage; New conversation between Pennebaker and Jill Drew, general manager of Drew Associates and Robert Drew's daughter-in-law; Outtakes from Crisis, along with a discussion by historian Andrew Cohen, author of Two Days in June; New conversation about Crisis featuring former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder and Sharon Malone, Holder's wife and the sister of Vivian Malone, one of the students featured in Crisis; New interview with Richard Reeves, author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power; Footage from a 1998 event at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, featuring Drew, Pennebaker, Leacock, and filmmaker Albert Maysles

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