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I want them to see what they have done to Jack. 

Year: 2016 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (Wide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Pablo Larraín 
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig  
An image from Jackie

Jackie takes one of the most, if not the most, notorious assassination in American history and examines it from a perspective left silenced and unexplored until now, with an intensity and sensitivity made possible by Natalie Portman’s delicate and empathic portrayal of the iconic First Lady.

Accompanied by Stéphane Fontaine’s cinematography, which subtly pays tribute to 1960s photography and camera movement, Jackie follows the moments before and after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in 1963 as experienced by Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy, his wife. The film is assembled through a series of flashbacks to the various points in time surrounding the events of the 22nd of November and reconstructions one of Jacqueline’s most memorable interviews with Life Magazine after the assassination, along with brief reconstructed clips of the tour of the White House she gave in February 1962.

Jackie, Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s English-language debut, marks the promising start of his international directorial career and, with Natalie Portman’s brilliant recreation of Jackie Kennedy’s distinctive lilt and overall poignant performance and John Hurt’s final, heartfelt interpretation of a priest, it is set to capture your undivided attention until its last frame.

Marta Meazza

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Screenings of this film:

2016/2017 Summer Term (digital)