|PRIMARY (director: Robert Drew; cinematographers: Albert Maysles/Richard Leacock/Terrence McCartney Filgate; editors: D.A. Pennebaker/Richard Leacock; cast: Joseph Julian (Narrator), Senator Kennedy, Senator Humphrey, Jacqueline Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy; Runtime: 58; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert Drew; Drew Associates; 1960)|
|"Gives us a
riveting insider's look at the political
by Dennis Schwartz
early pioneering 'cinéma vérité,' that's shot
as a documentary. It depicts in an intimate way
the 1960 presidential Democrat primary held in
Wisconsin between Senator John F. Kennedy and Senator
Hubert Humphrey. It was a groundbreaking film in
storytelling and in technology--it introduced
lightweight portable cameras to follow the candidates
around the campaign trail for five active days
of campaigning in Wisconsin leading up to the primary
election on April 5. The primary was
surprisingly won by the Catholic, Eastern, cool,
intellectual and privileged JFK over the Midwest's own
square but popular liberal advocate.
Robert Drew ("A President to
Remember"/"From Two Men and A War"/"The Chair"),
former Time Magazine correspondent in the 1950s and
Life Magazine editor, gives us a riveting insider's
look at the political process and how the candidates
for the highest government office acted with the
public back then, in a very different America.
Interest never flags as we follow the grueling campaign filmed by unobtrusive cameras, where no interviews of the candidates from the film crew is allowed. The idea was to capture things spontaneously as they happened.
REVIEWED ON 11/21/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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