Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
It proved impossible to shoot at the exact historic location on Elm Street near Dealey Plaza where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, as it is now a busy thoroughfare, and also a tourist attraction. Fittingly, the production found a location near the nation's capital to stand in. Recalls producer Scott Franklin: "We found a great stretch of highway in Maryland. It had similar overpasses and there we were able to put the camera on a crane attached to a car for a different POV [point of view]. Natalie [Natalie Portman] was in the car the whole time. She did all of her own work that day, no stunt doubles, and we used all of it. It was a really tough and emotional day. We wanted to be true to the events yet also sensitive. Kennedy [John F. Kennedy]'s death was truly violent and grisly, but I think Pablo [director Pablo Larraín] did a great job of walking the line. He recreates it in a way that is almost lyrical and very respectful." See more »
Jackie puts a record on an "automatic changer" which should start playing the first track on the record. What is heard is Richard Burton singing the song "Camelot" which is the fifth track on the first side of the original Broadway cast recording. See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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Admittedly I have never been much of a Natalie Portman fan. That being said, I think it was pretty ballsy of her taking on an American icon, and her work, particularly in trying to get Jackie's "breathless" voice, is commendable though NOT Oscar-worthy.
Just too many long camera shots - five minutes to watch her from behind walking through rooms of the White House...several times I caught myself yawning. The expressionless face of Billy Crudup as the interviewer - yawn again - and absolutely abysmal minor chords pretending to be a movie musical score, more jarring than anything on screen.
Having just watched The American Experience's terrific RFK documentary a week or so ago, I was struck by why the director would chose a fifty-something, tall, heavy-set actor to play a 34 or 35 year old slim-ish, not very tall Bobby Kennedy - the actor showing almost no emotion at all when Bobby was known to flair up, shout, and when moved, express his emotions.
The reason I give this a 3 instead of a 2 is the lovely performance by John Hurt as the priest. I did not recognize him until the last scene.
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