Four Days in November (1964)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Politics & Government, Social History  |   Release Date - Nov 21, 1964 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

David Wolper's crack documentary staff, under the guidance of talented Wolper protege Mel Stuart, was responsible for the powerful, poignant Four Days in November. This filmed record of the November 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and its aftermath was the yardstick by which future documentaries on the subject would be measured. Most of the film is taken from kinescopes of the live TV coverage, including the devastating moment in which Jack Ruby pumped a bullet into suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Many of the conspiracy theories which latter-day pundits like Oliver Stone have adopted as their own are explored here, and most, wisely, are rejected out of hand. Perhaps the most moving (and least familiar) sequence is lifted from a broadcast of the British satirical TV series That Was the Week That Was, wherein such comic actors as David Frost and Roy Kinnear are seen soberly discussing what JFK meant to them. Despite its not being "state of the art", the black-and-white Four Days of November remains a standard attraction on the many historical TV cable services now in existence.



assassination, chronicle, grief, investigation, newsreels, President, reaction