HBO: A documentary on Ethel KennedySun Oct 21, 2012 09:56188.8.131.52
A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.
Director: Rory Kennedy
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ETHEL is a 95 minute feature-length documentary about the life of Ethel Kennedy. Scheduled for broadcast on HBO in 2012, the film was produced and directed by Mrs. Kennedy's Emmy Award-winning daughter, Rory Kennedy. An intimate family portrait, ETHEL includes a lengthy interview with Mrs. Kennedy, as well as interviews with seven of her children, providing unique insight into her family's story, her life with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. The film is an insider's view of a political dynasty, a personal story interwoven with some of the most important moments of the 20th century. The film also features a rich treasure trove of never-before-seen footage from the Kennedy family's private collection. Written by Anonymous
Director: Rory Kennedy
Robert and Ethel Kennedy on the campaign trail in 1968 for the Oregon primary.
Rory Kennedy Bailey, youngest daughter of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, achieved her goal in producing ďEthel.Ē
She said she wanted to make a documentary that showed what ďan extraordinary womanĒ her mother is.
She convinces us.
What she doesnít do is tell us much about what Ethel thinks.
Ethel may have annoyed her old-line conservative New England Republican family by marrying a Democrat, but she clearly didnít abandon the Yankee principle of not telling the world anything you donít have to.
We get our best sense of Ethel as a mother, clearly the job she considered her calling.
She had 11 children before her husband was assassinated in 1968, and after his death she largely stepped out of the public spotlight to raise them.
Thatís admirable, and the kids seem to return the affection.
She didnít keep to a rigid meal schedule. She taught the kids that whenever you donít win, you lose.
So we get glimpses of her parenting style. We learn faith helped carry her through several tragedies.
What she rarely gives up, though, is what she thinks about anything or anybody else.
She met Presidents, kings and the Dalai Lama. She lived in the heart of politics in the 1960s.
We donít need dirt. It would just be nice to know what she, an involved and intelligent woman, thought about a little more of it.
ďEthelĒ comes off as a lovely family heirloom, something future generations of Kennedys can cherish. For the rest of us, itís a little less compelling.
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