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Primary

Regie Robert Drew
USA, 1960
Dokumentarfilm

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Primary is a 1960 direct-cinema documentary film about the 1960 Wisconsin Primary election between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey for the United States Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.

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Primary Regie Robert Drew
The phrase “the best and the brightest”, referring to the advisory staff of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was coined by the journalist David Halberstam, writing about the policy blunders that led the US into the Vietnam War. Today the association of the phrase is mostly tongue-in-cheek, but "the best and the brightest could honestly be applied to the crew that Robert Drew assembled under the aegis of Drew Associates to make [Primary].
June 03, 2016
For a breathtaking, now-famous shot at a rally in Milwaukee, Maysles followed Kennedy with a camera fitted with a wide-angle lens, holding it up high as the candidate passed through an enthusiastic crowd and onto the stage. When Jackie spoke to the delighted audience, Maysles filmed her white-gloved fingers nervously fluttering behind her dark dress. The Drew team’s goal of creating a sense of “being there” was beautifully achieved in these moments.
May 10, 2016
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Primary is a work of laborious construction and precision, with the recurring campaign anthem “High Hopes” routinely working its way between diegetic and non-diegetic sound tracks.
April 28, 2016
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