REFLECTIONS ON "JACKIE": PART XVIII
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.
The scene is in the living room at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. The Journalist is speaking into a telephone. He says...
"Mrs. Kennedy has expressed her desire to re-inter the bodies of the two children they lost to rest alongside their father.*
She wants them to always remember for one brief shining moment there was a...Camelot."
The Journalist hangs up.
The next scene goes back to a park outside Washington, D.C. It is dusk. Jackie is talking with the Priest.
"(The Journalist) wrote down every word. Its being reprinted all over the world. Maybe that's what they'll all believe now. Camelot.
People like to believe in fairy tales."
The Priest asks....
"Do you think you've done him justice?"
"I believe the characters we read about...end up being more real than the men (we) stand beside...
I should have guessed it was too much to ask that we grow old together...(and) see our children grow up."
*The first child named Arabella was stillborn in 1956. She did not receive a birth certificate or official name. Originally buried in Brookline, Massachusetts, her gravestone bears the one word "Daughter."
The second child was Patrick Bouvier Kennedy born prematurely on August 7 & died on August 9, 1963. Patrick was also originally buried in Brookline, Massachusetts where the President had said "He's seems so alone here."
"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline, www.scriptpipeline.com/
"Kennedy Memorials at Arlington National Cemetery," D.C. by Foot, www.freetoursbyfoot.com/
"Who is buried next to President John F. Kennedy at Arlington cemetery," www.answers.com/
Arlington National Cemetery
Photo by John White (2016)