"Ready for dinner"
The premiere of the new miniseries “The Kennedys” on the ReelzChannel marks a milestone: It is the one zillionth film about America’s most durable political dynasty. OK, not “officially” — as is sometimes the case, we exaggerate for effect. But it sure feels like another snowflake in an endless blizzard, doesn’t it? Not a month goes by that you don’t stumble across a new feature film, TV series, documentary, play, book or other bit of pop culture that’s obsessed with the Kennedy clan: a prestige project or a cynical cash-in, a valentine or a smear job. You can’t get away from them even if you want to — and a lot of people don’t want to, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many Kennedy projects.
This slide show collects 15 of the most essential, fascinating and bizarre Kennedy-related films from a half-century’s worth of cinema and television. Our list includes documentaries, docudramas, an action film, a satirical thriller, and a few movies in which JFK and RFK aren’t so much characters as ghostly spirits haunting the imaginations of the living. The most important title on the list is the shortest.
Every Friday, Salon writer Matt Zoller Seitz sifts through beloved classics and obscure indies for a slide show that sheds light on the hidden connections and most fascinating moments in film and TV history.