The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates

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  • 170 minutes
  • English
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  • Spine #808

Seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, which he felt was rote and uninspired, Robert Drew brought the style and vibrancy he had fostered as a Life magazine correspondent to filmmaking in the late fifties. He did this by assembling an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema and featuring the greatest close-up footage we have of this American icon.

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DirectorRobert Drew

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restorations of all four films:

    Primary
    1960 • 53 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    Adventures on the New Frontier
    1961 • 52 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    Crisis
    1963 • 53 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    Faces of November
    1964 • 12 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

  • 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
  • PLUS: An essay by documentary film curator and writer Thomas Powers

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates: Capturing the Kennedys

By Thom Powers April 26, 2016

“It is not an exaggeration to say that before Primary, documentary as we know it today—the art of candid observation—didn’t exist,” writes Thom Powers.
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Film Essays

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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates: Capturing the Kennedys

By Thom Powers April 26, 2016

“It is not an exaggeration to say that before Primary, documentary as we know it today—the art of candid observation—didn’t exist,” writes Thom Powers.
Read more »


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A Primary on the Horizon

April 05, 2016

Today, just as they have for decades, voters in the great state of Wisconsin head to the polls to take part in this year’s presidential primary election, selecting among eager candidates who . . . Read more »

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