Monday, January 2, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2177


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.

One of the major scenes in the film focuses on the television program "A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy"* which aired on February 14, 1962.  The program, broadcast by both CBS and NBC, was seen by 56 million viewers on that night.  It was re-broadcast on ABC four nights later.

The movie blends the original telecast with scenes filmed in 16mm.  The actual voices of CBS reporter Charles Collingwood** and the First Lady are heard throughout.

Mr. Collingwood says...

"For the next hour, Mrs. John F. Kennedy invites you to visit the President's House and see some of the restorations she's made in its interior.  Mrs. Kennedy (is) the third youngest of the 29 wives to live in the White House."

He asks the First Lady if she had a "basic plan" in doing the renovations.  Mrs. Kennedy answered...

"I really don't have one because...this house will always grow.  I just think everything in the White House should be the best." says that Mrs. Kennedy is "presented as a mother...and as a modern woman:  a patron of the arts, an historical preservationist, and a key figure in producing the nation's collective memory."

*A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy," was the most widely viewed documentary during the genre's...golden age," and "the first primetime documentary to explicity court a female audience."  Costs of production as well as broadcast rights were shared by the three major TV networks:  CBS, NBC & ABC.

**Charles Collingwood (1917-1985) was born in Three Rivers Michigan & graduated from Cornell University.  In 1939, he received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford & he served as a war correspondent during WWII.  CC was recruited to CBS NEWS by Edward R. Murrow.


"A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy," U.S. Documentary,

"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline,

Charles Collingwood & Mrs. Kennedy
State Dining Room, The White House
February 1962
US State Department Photo