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.

Credits (Click to expand)

A film by

Patrick Jeudy

Narration written by

Gérard Miller

Executive Producer

Fabrice Coat

Line Producer

Christine Doublet

Narration by

Christine Gagnieux

Editing

Christine Marier

Researcher

Deborah Ford

Assistant to Reseach and Narration Writing

Coralie Miller

Sound Illustration

Laurent Lesourd

Sound Mixing

Roger Dupuis

Graphic Designer

Christophe Dias

Colorization

Duran

Directeur VFX

Thierry Delobel

Productrice VFX

Annabelle Troukens

Color Grading

Jean-Marie Frémont

Production Manager

Samuel François-Steininger

Production Assistant

Marie Corberand

Production Administration

Dominique Lemarchand

Legal Affairs

Clément Lewy-Dang

Archives

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

Music

« LEADER OF THE PACK »

(MORTON / GREENWICH / BARRY)

Performed by The Shangri-Las

© 1964 TENDER TUNES MUSIC CO INC / EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD

(p) 1965 The Island Def Jam Music Group

With the authorization of EMI MUSIC PUBLISHNIG FRANCE and Universal Music Vision

All Right Reserved

« THE GREEN LEAVES OF SUMMER »

(Tiomkin / Webster)

© Volta Music Corp. / Webster Music Co.

With the authorization of Universal Music Vision

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A PROGRAM33 production

International Sales

France Télévisions Distribution

With the participation of

NOGA

ORF

Radio Canada

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Unité documentaires

Irène Challand, Gaspard Lamunière

RTBF

Claire Colart

YLE

With the participation of the CNC

Planète

Olivier Stroh

Delia Baldeschi

Sandrine Delegiewicz

and France Télévisions

Press Agent

Valérie Lalanne

Production Coordinator

Sonia Gillette

Administrator

Marie-Dominique Bernoux

Program Advisor

Olivier Guiton

Head of Historical, Regional and Cultural Documentaries

Dana Hastier

Head of Documentaries

Patricia Boutinard Rouelle

© Program33 - 2010

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