This Side of Paradise : Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

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This Side of Paradise: Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

This Side of Paradise : Fragments of An Unfinished Biography

Release Date: October 12, 1999

Year    :   1999
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Genres    :   Documentary
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Director    :   Jonas Mekas
Producers    :   Jonas Mekas
Writers    :   Jonas Mekas
RunTime    :   35 mins.

Unpredictably, as most of my life’s key events have been, for a period of several years of late sixties and early seventies, I had the fortune to spend some time, mostly during the summers, with Jackie Kennedy’s and her sister Lee Radziwill’s families and children. Cinema was an integral, inseparable, as a matter of fact, a key part of our friendship. The time was still very close to the untimely, tragic death of John F. Kennedy. Jackie wanted to give something to her children to do, to help to ease the transition, life without a father. One of her thoughts was that a movie camera would be fun for children. Peter Beard, who was at that time tutoring John Jr. and Caroline in art history, suggested to Jackie that I was the man to introduce the children to cinema. Jackie said yes. And that’s how it all began

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