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The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1960-1964 | Not rated | Apr 26, 2016
Single disc (1 BD)
The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates (1960-1964) Blu-ray
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.
New 2K digital restorations of all four films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray:
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
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 the Leacock edit of Primary, featuring Leacock and filmmakers Robert Drew and D. A. Pennebaker, recorded in conversation with film critic Gideon Bachmann in 1961
Robert Drew in His Own Words, a new documentary featuring archival interview footage
New conversation between Pennebaker and Jill Drew, Robert Drew's daughter-in-law and the general manager of Drew Associates
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
STREET DATE: APRIL 26.