JackieDVD - 2017
"Larraín told his producers he wouldn't do "Jackie" unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination."--Los Angeles Times
"A searing, almost scary thrill ride through the psyche of one very determined woman ... a reminder that JFK's visage owns the half dollar because Jackie owned Americans' hearts."--Village Voice
"Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow."--Hollywood Reporter
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Jackie Kennedy's intelligence, sophistication and grief is excellently conveyed by Natalie Portman in this intimate portrait of the First Lady.
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I should have been a shop girl or a stenographer. I should have married an ordinary, lazy, ugly man.
-Let me share with you a parable. Jesus once passed a blind beggar on the road, and his disciples asked, "Who sinned, "this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" And Jesus said, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. He was made blind so that the works of God could be revealed in him." And with that, he placed mud on his eyes and told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. And the man did, and he came back seeing. Right now you are blind. Not because you've sinned, but because you've been chosen. So that the works of God can be revealed in you.
I was First Lady of the United States. Women have endured far worse for far less. There are two kinds of women. Those who want power in the world, and those who want power in bed.
What did we truly accomplish?
-Maybe Jack will be remembered for the way he handled the missile crisis, or maybe he'll be remembered for having created a crisis that he was then forced to solve. We could have done so much. Civil rights, the space program. Vietnam.
Every time I walk by this room, I'm reminded that on January 1st, 1863, an ordinary man signed a document that freed four million people from slavery. So, I don't think of it so much as peaceful as a place of profound legacy.
Pretty soon he'll just be another oil portrait lining these hallways.
People need their history. It gives them strength. They need to know that real men actually lived here. Not ghosts and storybook legends, people who faced adversity and overcame it. What you've done in this house matters.
We all live on far after our deaths. Presidents will come and go, and every one of them will look up to Jack for guidance, for inspiration.
Do you know what I wrote? That I wanted to die.
-I do. Unless you are asking my permission.
No, only crass, self-indulgent people kill themselves. No, I was just hoping that if I walked down the street next to Jack's body, maybe someone would be kind enough to do it for me.
- In front of the whole world? Famous life, famous death.
I never wanted fame. I just became a Kennedy.
I realized that all the pageantry, all the demands I made to honor him, it wasn't for Jack or his legacy. It was for me.
We aren't most people. Most people don't have to make decisions like that, hours after watching
their husband get murdered next to them.
That's what Camelot is about. Ordinary men banding together to fight for a better world.
Of course, I think anyone who comes to the White House as a President, uh, desires the best for his country. But I think he does receive a stimulus from the knowledge of living in close proximity to the people who are legendary, but who actually were alive and were in these rooms.
You left your mark on this country, Mrs. Kennedy. These past few days, that's the story. Losing a president is like... It's like losing a father. And you were a mother to all of us, and that's a very good story. The entire country watched the funeral from beginning to end. Decades from now, people will remember your dignity and the majesty. They'll remember you.
There comes a time in man's search for meaning when one realizes that there are no answers. And when you come to that horrible, unavoidable realization, you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching... I have lived a blessed life. And yet every night, when I climb into bed, turn off the lights, and stare in to the dark, I wonder... Is this all there is?
Every soul on this planet does. But then, when morning comes, we all wake up and make a pot of coffee.
-Why do we bother?
Because we do. You did this morning, you will again tomorrow. But God, in his infinite wisdom, has made sure it is just enough for us.
What kind of God takes a father from his two little children?
-Thy Lord sacrificed his only son...
And my two babies. Arabella in the womb. And Patrick. Thirty-nine hours on Earth. Just long enough to fall in love with him. What did I do to deserve that?
I was just so happy that he could be proud. Because then I was having a baby, and I couldn't campaign, and then we got in the White House, and all of the things I'd always done, suddenly they
became wonderful. Because anything the First Lady does that is different everyone seizes on. And I was just so happy for Jack that he could be proud of me. Those were our happiest years.
I believe that the characters we read about on the page end up being more real than the men who stand beside us. I should have guessed it was too much to ask that we grow old together, see our children grow up. The darkness may never go away, but it won't always be this heavy.
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