Thirteen Days (2000)

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While   Hollywood is often more captivated by idealized fictional   presidents than actual presidents, this film selection offers cinematic   depictions of both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
A Presidential Perspective Film Series
Saturday, October 9, 2010
3:30pm @ Central Library
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Kevin Costner stars as Kennedy aide Kenny O'Donnell, a close advisor who helps President Kennedy and "co-president" Robert Kennedy negotiate the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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While Hollywood is often more captivated by idealized fictional presidents than actual presidents, this film selection offers cinematic depictions of both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.

PT 109 (1963) on October 16. This Kennedy biopic film focuses on his time as a Navy officer aboard a PT boat assigned to the Soloman Islands during WWII. Starring Cliff Robertson with Robert Blake. Based on the book PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II by Robert J. Donovan. Not Rated. (140 min.) Review

Nixon (1995) on October 23. In this controversial biographical film, Anthony Hopkins stars as the only American president ever to resign under the threat of impeachment. Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone directs an all-star cast in this powerful depiction of the life and times of one of America's most infamous leaders. Rated R. (191 min.) Review

The Fog of War (2004) on October 30. Master documentarian Errol Morris directs this film, focused on interviews conducted with Robert S. McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and a lead architect of the Vietnam War. Rated PG-13. (95 min.) Review