A film by Robert Drew

documentary / Etats-Unis / Black & White / status : completed / English / French and International catalog

In 1960, the American filmmaker and pioneer of Direct Cinema Robert L. Drew assembled a team with Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles that would transform documentary cinema. Robert L. Drew was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis — and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November.

Primary (1960, 52′)
Adventures of the New Frontier (1961, 51′)
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963, 52‘)
Faces of November (1964, 12′)

May 29th 2017 marks John F. Kennedy’s 100th Anniversary


“It was just life. That's how I felt when I saw Robert Drew's PRIMARY for the first time.”

Martin Scorsese