REFLECTIONS ON "JACKIE": PART I
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) JFK+50 begins the year 2017 with a review of "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman. "Jackie" is a Fox Searchlight Pictures film directed by Pablo Larrain. The screenplay was written by Noah Oppenheim. Released on December 2, 2016, the movie has an "R" rating and lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.
JFK+50 saw the film yesterday and over the next few days we will discuss our impressions. First of all, the movie does a wonderful job of giving the viewer an inside look at the emotional impact and awesome challenges faced by Jacqueline Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband's assassination. We see how she was not only a close-up eyewitness to the President's murder, but how she had to deal with many critical issues as a result.
The film is focused around Mrs. Kennedy's invitation to "a journalist" to come to Hyannis Port to interview her just one week after Dallas. Mrs. Kennedy was concerned that because her husband's term of office was so brief that he would be forgotten in history becoming "just another portrait on the wall." She did not want that to happen and wanted the journalist to convey to the world that her husband's tenure in the White House would be like none other.
The screenplay refers to the actor Billy Crudup* as "a journalist, handsome yet rumpled" but the man he portrays was Theodore H. White**. Teddy White was a Pulitzer Prize winning author, a talented journalist and he may well have been rumpled...but handsome....maybe not so much.
*William G. "Billy" Crudup was born in 1968 in Manhasset, NY & attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Tisch School of the Arts. His film credits include Sleepers (1996), Inventing the Abbotts (1997), and The Good Shepherd (2006).
**Theodore Harold White (1915-1986) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts & studied at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University. He earned his BA in Chinese history. THW is author of The Making of the President 1960 for which he won a Pultizer Prize. He also authored The Making of the President 1964, 1968, and 1972.
"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline, www.scriptpipeline.com/