“I will march with Jack, alone if necessary”
- What is this movie about?
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we follow the doings of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as she fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.
- Why should you watch it?
There are more movies about the assassination of JFK than stars. Well, maybe there are not so many but there are indeed quite a few and on the other hand there are not that many focused on his wife, which this film does.
This movie follows Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. We follow her story through flashbacks in an interview she gave to a journalist. It’s an interesting way to show the story, instead of going in a linear way you see her giving the interview and then see watch she explain in images. There are some scenes that they look like they were taken of the original tapes made at that time, specially when Natalie Portman is on-screen.
Natalie Portman is the movie. She is the actor of this movie and she is absolutely brilliant. At some point you might start thinking if you are watching Natalie or the real Jackie. Her performance is flawless and she is the main to watch this movie. To be a witness of her brilliance. Then there are two important actors in this movie: the outfits that they wear, which are exact replicas of the real ones, and then, of course, the music. The music is what gives you goosebumps when nothing else can. Absolutely fantastic.
A good movie to watch with the sole purpose to enjoy a good true story and what we didn’t see on tv at that time, the other side of the coin, the other half. One biopic worth your time which has been neatly done in not the usual way. A biopic that will allow you to learn more about history and about a woman that became an icon.
- Did you know?
– Billy Crudup’s character, billed as “The Journalist” in the credits, is meant to be Theodore H. White of LIFE magazine, who conducted a real-life interview with Jacqueline Kennedy.
– Director Pablo Larraín estimates that a third of the shots in the film were the first take.
– To re-enact the historic “The Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy,” director Pablo Larraín wanted to use vintage cameras to achieve a look that no longer exists. “It was a big challenge to get that footage to look and feel exactly how it was, right down to the lighting. Color TV cameras then used a technology that separated the reds, blues, and greens and converted them into television signals, so they had a very distinctive period look. When I did the movie No (2012), we used the same kind of technology, and I still had that camera at home. So I brought it to [cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine] to shoot the tour and then we later treated it digitally.”
– Today, “Camelot” is a title often used to refer to Democrat John F. Kennedy’s entire tenure as President of the United States of America. But it was actually Jacqueline Kennedy who introduced the idea after JFK’s death. Jackie’s real life interview with “LIFE” magazine inspired the real interview depicted in the film. In the interview, Jackie spoke of her husband’s love of the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical entitled “Camelot”, which was later filmed in the 1960s decade with Camelot (1967), and especially the lyric: “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” That brief shining moment became a powerful descriptor of Kennedy’s sudden loss that reverberated. Said Jackie in the interview: “There will be great presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot.”
– One of Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman)’s most revealing relationships in the film is with Nancy Tuckerman, her social secretary in the White House but also her lifetime confidante. Taking the role of Jackie’s friend since childhood and White House ally is Greta Gerwig. They two had worked together previously on No Strings Attached (2011) so the bond between the characters never felt forced. Portman said: “Nancy was one of Jackie’s oldest friends so their relationship really shines a light on how Jackie feels about more private subjects, like her marriage and her kids. And Greta is such a unique actress – she’s so bright and compelling and sensitive.” Director Pablo Larraín added: “The connection between Natalie and Greta is so real as they are actually friends, and you can feel that. Greta brought an incredible sensibility to playing the only person who was Jackie’s shoulder to cry on. She brought out something very beautiful.”
– In 2017, the film received three nominations in the exact same categories for both the BAFTAS and the U.S. Academy Awards. These are: Best Actress – Natalie Portman; Best Music Score – Mica Levi ; and Best Costume Design – Madeline Fontaine.
– Though he continued to make other films afterwards, this was the last film featuring John Hurt to be released in his lifetime.