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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

Directed by Robert Drew
United States, 1963
Documentary

Synopsis

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment Directed by Robert Drew
Whereas “Primary” has its raw, energetic beauty, “Crisis” offers even more subtly observed detail and moments that are moving, chilling or filled with unbearable tension.
May 10, 2016
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Drew’s cinematographers (including Leacock and Pennebaker) were seemingly everywhere at once—in the Oval Office, at the Attorney General’s home, in Katzenbach’s war room, and even at the Alabama governor’s mansion, but their complicity with the Kennedys and, above all, their commitment to the principle at stake shine through in an artistic act of existential engagement.
April 29, 2016
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Crisis, despite being structured around an impending deadline and seemingly unfolding in real time, crosscuts between Robert F. Kennedy and the front lawn of the University of Alabama with a precision that could only come from meticulous editing sessions capable of considering shot scale and rhythm.
April 28, 2016
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