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The complicated sisterhood of Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill

 

Jackie Kennedy had a life of her own apart from her husband and it was full of glamour, lovers, sorrow, and sibling rivalry.  From Vanity Fair, a look at the most famous sisters in the world, the Bouvier girls—Jacqueline and Caroline Lee.

 

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates 

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.

Source: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates- The Criterion Collection (HT/ejc)

JFK’s Pacific swim

JFK’s Pacific Swim”August 1962 

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‘Fear and loathing’ began in Dallas

Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.

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The women at the heart of the JFK assassination story

Many of this year’s commemorations highlight the curious fact that so much JFK “assassination art” focuses not on the presidential victim or even on the shooter(s), but on the drama’s leading ladies, Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.

Source: Artists Address the Women at the Heart of JFK’s Assassination | The Creators Project

Voices from the JFK filmography 

Because of my fascination over the years with the killing, I’ve been able to directly interview some of the performers and directors of the various John F. Kennedy assassination films….. here is a pastiche of the interviewees and their viewpoints.

Source: Death of a President: Voices from the JFK Filmography – Film Autonomy by Patrick McDonald.

Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in a new biopic

With Natalie Portman already signed on to play the former First Lady and the recent news that Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Robert Kennedy, Jackie is stacking up to be a movie that will go down in history as one of the best.

Source: A New Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Biopic Is In The Works, So It’s Time To Brush Up On Your American History | Bustle

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Where do the 2016 presidential contenders stand on secrecy?

The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.

The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.

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How Dallas led to Beatlemania 

Source: Krerowicz will discuss how the assassination of Kennedy helped Beatlemania flourish.

‘Assassination Theater’ and the risk of rabbit holes

Assassination Theater

“The labyrinth of circumstances and people who could have been involved”

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Project ARTICHOKE: how the CIA tried to hypnotize an unwitting assassin

A revealing document from UNREDACTED, the blog of the nonprofit National Security Archive illuminates how CIA officers pondered carrying out political assassinations. Read more

Back to the JFK future

Back to JFK future

David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books

Erik, Jeff S., and other frustrated readers complained that the link to my September 13 post, David Talbot’s JFK reading list, was broken. Sorry about that. You can read the story here. Read more

‘Assassination Theater’ probes a Mafia plot against JFK

Assassination Theater

A “Mafia done it” theory comes to the Chicago stage

“I’m an investigative reporter but I’ve always loved plays,” says Hillel Levin. The result is “Assassination Theater,” Levin’s investigative drama about the murder of President John F. Kennedy, now playing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Focusing on Chicago FBI agent Zach Shelton, the four-man drama develops a “Mafia did it” interpretation of JFK’s assassination, along with excursions into the medical evidence and the life of Jack Ruby.

It is unusual territory for a stage drama.

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Peter Dale Scott reconceives the JFK story

Peter Dale Scott Dallas '63

Peter Dale Scott’s conceptualization of the assassination of President Kennedy offers a bracing challenge to contemporary American historiography, political science, and national security studies.

“Since the aftermath of World War II, the deep state’s power has grown unchecked, and nowhere has it been more apparent than at sun-dappled Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963,” the publishers of his new book write.

Certainly Kennedy’s violent death and the failure to hold senior CIA officials responsible for the intelligence failure it represented marked a decisive moment in the consolidation of secretive power centers in the American state.

Source: Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House (Forbidden Bookshelf) – Kindle edition by Peter Dale Scott.