Although Jacqueline Kennedy was one of the most photographed celebrities of the last half-century, she was also one of the most private. Now a new biopic called Jackie takes audiences into the White House in the days following her husband’s assassination in Dallas. Natalie Portman plays Jacqueline Kennedy. Critic David Edelstein says:
“The performance is gutsy and smart. Portman takes her cues from the line in the script, “I lost track somewhere, what was real, what was performance.” She shows how Jackie struggled after this monstrous killing—which is finally dramatized, up close—to wake up from the dream that her life had become. Portman nails the quality that many of Jackie’s intimates speak of: a mixture of shyness and slyness.
The movie is hard to warm up to, but its brittle sadness is evocative and finally, moving. We never really knew Jacqueline Kennedy. But now we see more clearly how, bereft and bloodied, she kept her—and America’s—grace.”
“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this
barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s
what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.”