The Kennedys. They embodied hope and leadership for North America and the world for decades. Now, in this new film, breathtaking colour home movies weave a unique memoir with an edge. The Kennedy Saga is told from the point of view of the nannies who cared for the privileged Kennedy children. Burdened with their parents' legacy and the expectations that came with bearing the Kennedy name, the children also witnessed the assassination of both President John F. Kennedy, and just a few years later, his brother Bobby.
As the years passed, they came to know all the intoxication of the rich-kid lifestyle, but they also learned of the infidelities of their elders, of all the President's secret love affairs, and of the threats that hung over their family.
Veteran French filmmaker Patrick Jeudy (Marilyn: The Last Sessions and Grace Kelly: Destiny of a Princess) is known for going behind the facades of giants to portray intimate and private troubles. The voice in The Kennedy Saga, carefully scripted by Jeudy collaborator Gerard Miller, is a composite « nanny » character based on domestic staff who recalled the family in their memoirs. The film looks into every corner of the Kennedys' privileged childhoods and shattered destinies and, through both official footage and intimate home movies, reveals the complex personalities of the Kennedy clan.
The Kennedy Saga is a family portrait which may be nostalgic – but pulls no punches.
A film by
Narration written by
Assistant to Reseach and Narration Writing
Gaumont Pathé Archives / NBC
Atelier des Archives / British Movietone / NARA
ITN- Source / Reuters / Fox Movietone
AP Archive, BBC Motion Gallery, CBS News
British Pathé, Film Images, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library
Rue des archives – Corbis / Sygma – Getty Images –
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library
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