Cinema: Imported Export

John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums. The solemn hoopla attending this tribute to the late President reached its climax with an Easter Sunday opening in Manhattan, a bit of corny religiosity that would certainly have brought a derisive snort from Jack Kennedy. Made in 1964 by the United States Information Agency for showing abroad, the film became available for U.S. audiences by express congressional approval after enthusiastic press previewers launched a crusade extolling its virtues in terms usually reserved for such timeless Americana as the Gettysburg Address. Though Years of Lightning can now be seen by all, it...

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