Crisis : Behind a Presidential Commitment

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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

alabama oval office civil rights john f. kennedy integration racial segregation racism university cinéma vérité

Crisis : Behind a Presidential Commitment

Release Date: October 21, 1963

Year    :   1963
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   ABC News, Drew Associates
Director    :   Robert Drew
Producers    :   Robert Drew, Gregory Shuker
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RunTime    :   52 mins.

During a two-day period before and after the University of Alabama integration crisis, the film uses five camera crews to follow President John F. Kennedy, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, Alabama governor George Wallace, deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach and the students Vivian Malone and James Hood. As Wallace has promised to personally block the two black students from enrolling in the university, the JFK administration discusses the best way to react to it, without rousing the crowd or making Wallace a martyr for the segregationist cause.

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