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The JFK Image : Profiles in Docudrama

By: Cimpean, Raluca Lucia.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Film and History: Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014Description: 1 online resource (207 p.).ISBN: 9781442243095.Subject(s): Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Assassination | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- In motion pictures | Memory -- Political aspects -- United States | Motion pictures and historyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The JFK Image : Profiles in DocudramaDDC classification: 973.922092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: The JFK Image: Cultural Schemata; 1 Kennedy's Mythic Terrain; 2 Kennedy Hagiography; 3 Kennedy Iconoclasm; Part II: JFK Docudramas: John F. Kennedy's Posthumous Cinematic Career; 4 The Kennedy Leadership; 5 The Kennedy Assassination; 6 Kennedy Nostalgia; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary: <span><span>This volume examines various representation of John F. Kennedy on film, from fictionalized accounts of his wartime exploits-</span><span style=""font-style:italic;"">PT-109</span><span> (1963)-to his presidency, his assassination, and his legacy. With a focus on docudramas, the book looks at how such films keep the myth of Kennedy and Camelot alive.</span></span>
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Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I: The JFK Image: Cultural Schemata; 1 Kennedy's Mythic Terrain; 2 Kennedy Hagiography; 3 Kennedy Iconoclasm; Part II: JFK Docudramas: John F. Kennedy's Posthumous Cinematic Career; 4 The Kennedy Leadership; 5 The Kennedy Assassination; 6 Kennedy Nostalgia; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index; About the Author

<span><span>This volume examines various representation of John F. Kennedy on film, from fictionalized accounts of his wartime exploits-</span><span style=""font-style:italic;"">PT-109</span><span> (1963)-to his presidency, his assassination, and his legacy. With a focus on docudramas, the book looks at how such films keep the myth of Kennedy and Camelot alive.</span></span>

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Cimpean (American studies, Univ. of Massachusetts) attempts to deconstruct how John F. Kennedy's mythologized image has been used in docudramas (and in various forms of print media) since his assassination on November 22, 1963. In part 1, she proposes that Kennedy's image is composed of his professional actions during his presidency and his legacy soon after his murder, perpetuated by Jacqueline Kennedy, close friends, and journalists (what Cimpean calls The New Frontier and Camelot), along with the sordid and "unflattering" details of his personal life that have surfaced in the years since (which Cimpean terms "Camelot-Inside-Out"). In part 2, she frames these time periods by discussing them under three headings--"The Kennedy Leadership," "The Kennedy Assassination," and "Kennedy Nostalgia"--providing a firm foundation for her argument. Where Cimpean seems to falter, however, is when she strays from her intended aim. She adequately defines docudrama and "the image," using key texts to help support her claims, but the bulk of the work is a plot summary of films (PT 109, Thirteen Days, JFK, In the Line of Fire, among others) and historical background, which will disappoint readers looking for theoretical film analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Upper-division undergraduates. --Douglas Charles MacLeod, SUNY Cobleskill

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