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Natalie Portman's Jackie Recreates JFK Assassination


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The trailer has a quick glimpse of the limo on the freeway, with a trail of brain matter and blood going over the back of the trunk. It will be interesting to see how they address the actual shooting, if at all. I don't expect much, really.

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You are correct Roger.

I read the script when it was begin shopped around Hollywood about 3 or some years ago.

Its pretty much a nothing burger as far as we are concerned.

I knew some big female star would bite on it because it almost guarantees critical praise and probably an Oscar nomination.

But as far as JFK the president, or his murder, not much.

 

Unless they changed the script I read.  We will see.

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From the linked article Doug provided:

She went on to say she was stunned to learn that Jackie -- who can be seen climbing on the back of the car in the real-life footage of the assassination -- was actually trying to retrieve part of the president's brain.

Gee, I wonder how it ended up on the back of the car? That says alot right there.

I'm not surprised it wasn't further elaborated on. Either they're completely dense, or weren't going to go there.

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I read that when Jackie Kennedy was asked what was the biggest challenge in her life after JFK's head exploding slaughter within inches of her face, she responded ( paraphrasing) ... just keeping myself together.

The woman had serious Post Traumatic Stress from that experience and probably had this the rest of her life.

Can you imagine the awful dreams she must have had stemming from that real life horror movie ordeal?

I was such a huge fan of Jackie Kennedy and read every article about her that came my way and a couple of books on her life.

I noticed something about her immediately following JFK's murder.

Her facial expression changed. Her eyes, they didn't look right. No longer relaxed. They seemed so much more sad and serious and even a tinge of fear and you could almost still see the look of shock, even years later. 

Life was far from safe and secure and innocent for her starting on 11,22,1963.

And then when Bobby was murdered in L.A. in June of 1968, you could tell that was it for her as far as trusting anything in the good ole U.S.A.

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Joe - That's why it bothers me so much that when RFK Jr. did an interview with Charlie Rose in Dallas a few years ago and said that his father suspected 'rogue CIA' in JFK's death, that interview was never aired.  

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2 hours ago, Paul Brancato said:

Joe - That's why it bothers me so much that when RFK Jr. did an interview with Charlie Rose in Dallas a few years ago and said that his father suspected 'rogue CIA' in JFK's death, that interview was never aired.  

Now THAT's a perfect example of the kind of main stream media censoring ( and controlling ) of the JFK story except for the WC Lone Nut one. Still doing this after 50 years! 

2 hours ago, Paul Brancato said:

 

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No one expected anything greater.  However, if it can make a few younger people interested in the assassination, or older people more interested, it will be of service to more than Natalie Portman.  Bad historical movies sometimes inspire good historical research - or else history would have never survived Hollywood myth.

I'll give this to what I saw so far: it captures some of the dark pageantry of the administration and its ending.  But the uncharitable might call that "assassination porn."

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20 hours ago, Paul Brancato said:

Joe - That's why it bothers me so much that when RFK Jr. did an interview with Charlie Rose in Dallas a few years ago and said that his father suspected 'rogue CIA' in JFK's death, that interview was never aired.  

That does not surprise me.  There is a lot of what RFK was doing in regards to finding answers about JFK's assassination in BROTHERS, the Talbot book. 

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22 hours ago, Joe Bauer said:

I read that when Jackie Kennedy was asked what was the biggest challenge in her life after JFK's head exploding slaughter withing inches of her face, she responded ( paraphrasing) ... just keeping myself together.

The woman had serious Post Traumatic Stress from that experience and probably had this the rest of her life.

Can you imagine the awful dreams she must have had stemming from that real life horror movie ordeal?

I was such a huge fan of Jackie Kennedy and read every article about her that came my way and a couple of books on her life.

I noticed something about her immediately following JFK's murder.

Her facial expression changed. Her eyes, they didn't look right. No longer relaxed. They seemed so much more sad and serious and even a tinge of fear and you could almost still see the look of shock, even years later. 

Life was far from safe and secure and innocent for her starting on 11,22,1963.

And then when Bobby was murdered in L.A. in June of 1968, you could tell that was it for her as far as trusting anything in the good ole U.S.A.

As my focus is on the limo and I viewed the Zapruder in 1964 on a foreign-film sized screen (the Charles Theater in NYC) Jackie's reactions and the subsequent trauma have been one of the most compelling concerns that I have had also.  

Ironically, this spring, my own husband died in my arms, completely unexpectedly, and after I recovered from the shock of that event I began to think of Jackie, and felt I understood what she had experienced in a more personal way than I could ever have imagined.  

Ironically, my husband Donner died on JFK's birthday.  He grew up around the corner from Jackie's apartment in NYC and said many times that he watched her walking John Jr. to St. David's School nearly every day.  I loved having that kind of connection to them.  Now, of course, that seems especially sad, as all of them are gone...

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