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.
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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
Today, "Camelot" is a title often used to refer to Democratic John F. Kennedy's entire tenure as President of the United States of America. But it was actually Jacqueline Kennedy who introduced the idea after JFK's death. Jackie's real life interview with "LIFE" magazine inspired the reel interview depicted in the film. In the interview, Jackie spoke of her husband's love of the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical entitled "Camelot", which was later filmed in the 1960s decade with Camelot (1967), and especially the lyric: "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." That brief shining moment became a powerful descriptor of Kennedy's sudden loss that reverberated. Said Jackie in the interview: "There will be great presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot." See more »
In the final scene where JFK (Caspar Phillipson) and Jackie (Natalie Portman) are dancing at a White House formal ball, Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) tries to cut in on his brother, the President. Peter Sarsgaard (5'11") is clearly taller than Caspar Phillpson (5' 8 1/2"). In real life, President Kennedy (6'0") was taller than Bobby Kennedy (5' 9"), as is evident in many photographs of them together. The 2 1/2 inch height differential between Sarsgaard and Phillipson is almost exactly the opposite of the 3 inch height differential between JFK and RFK, the historic figures they are portraying. 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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