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Introduced by Aaron Sorkin

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Academy presents a special screening of the documentary “John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.”

JFKWritten, directed and scored by Bruce Herschensohn, produced by George Stevens Jr., and narrated by Gregory Peck, this moving documentary is filled with gripping archival footage of events from Kennedy’s presidency, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the launch of the Peace Corps, as well as rare color footage from Kennedy’s funeral.

The film was made in 1964 by the United States Information Agency for distribution overseas, but it proved to be so popular that it was finally released in U.S. theaters (through a special Act of Congress) in 1966 on the condition that the profits from its domestic exhibition would go to the new John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which was soon to be built in Washington, D.C.

Fifty years after Kennedy’s death, Herschensohn’s film shows the enduring legacy of this young president. As heard in the documentary, Kennedy’s inaugural address, with his spirited declaration that “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” still holds the power to move and inspire us.

Running time: 88 minutes. Restored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. Principal restoration funding provided by HBO, with additional funding provided by the Academy and Warner Home Video.

Event Information

Friday, November 22 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
General admission seating is unreserved.

This event is SOLD OUT

A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be given out starting at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins.

Ticketholders should plan to be in their seats at least 15 minutes before the start of the event.

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