EmptyCinema verite pioneer Robert Drew revisits some of his most notable early efforts for this powerful new documentary about the 35th president.
A re-edited compilation of footage from such seminal works as "Primary," "Faces of November" and others, "A President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy" clearly is timed to resonate at a time when confidence in the office is at a low ebb.
There also are compelling diversions into minor but fascinating elements like when Kennedy injured his back while digging up dirt during a ceremonial tree planting.
The film, which features unobtrusive narration by Alec Baldwin, is notable for its intimate portrait of its subject, which was achieved thanks to the unprecedented access granted by Kennedy and the then-new camera technology that made it possible. (partialdiff)