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2sdays: "Jackie"

Event Type: Arts/Crafts (700)
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 4/4/2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 We remember Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband was shot: pink suit splattered with blood, standing with her children as the casket went by. But what was that time really like for her and how did she feel as her world changed forever? Director Pablo Larrain attempts to answer these questions in the film "Jackie," framed as an interview with a reporter soon after JFK’s death. Jackie actually did give such an interview to Theodore H. White for "Life" magazine on Nov. 29, 1963. In it, she compared her husband’s time as president to Camelot, a link that came to define his years in the White House. Steven Rea writes in the "Philadelphia Inquirer": “ 'Jackie' is a fever dream of a movie, tracking its subject as she tries to maintain control, maintain her composure and her sanity, and as she tries (shellshocked, quaking with grief, but also fiercely determined) to shape and secure her husband’s legacy.” Natalie Portman stars as Jackie, a performance that earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress. Calvin Wilson of the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" writes: “Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.” And Linda Holmes of NPR says: “(Portman is) at her best here in the moments when Jackie is quiet, when the grief, anger and doubt are in her face more than in her words.” In an interview with, Portman shared her thoughts about the woman she portrayed: “She really just was so smart. She understood history and that the people who write history are the ones who define it. The story you write is more important than what actually happened, if you come up with a good enough tale.” Jackie also stars Billy Crudup as the interviewer, Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy, Greta Gerwig as social secretary Nancy Tuckerman, and Beth Grant as Ladybird Johnson. Peter Howell describes the film in the Toronto Star: “What emerges is serious docudrama: a fully rendered version of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance by Portman. It’s also one of the year’s best movies.” 1:35. Rated R for brief, strong violence and some language.
Library: Dover Public Library    Map
Location: Multi-Purpose Room A