A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy
In this anthology of Robert Drew's groundbreaking documentaries of the different stages of John F. Kennedy's political career: PRIMARY, ADVENTURES ON THE NEW FRONTIER, CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT and FACES OF NOVEMBER, we witness history from a fly-on-the-wall perspective. Drew's approach to his subject entailed a simple hand-held camera and chameleon-like crew that never interacted with the president, they simply observed. The result was one of the building-blocks of Cinéma Vérité in America. In light of the 2008 US elections and Obama-fever, Kennedy's battle for racial integration leaves plenty of food for thought.
Robert Drew (b. 1924) was one of the pioneers of the American Cinéma Vérité-movement, noted for its realism and direct approach. He revolutionized American documentary filmmaking with his Kennedy portayals, by focusing not on interviews and prodding questions, but by letting the pictures tell the story. In his time as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Drew worked on new areas in filmtheory and was a key figure in the development of lighter cameras for use in documentary film.