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Primary (1960)

Primary (1960)





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Travel back to the Wisconsin Democratic Primary between Kennedy and Humphrey with this very first candid view of a Presidential primary.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Primary

All Critics (3)

Gives us a riveting insider's look at the political process.

Full Review… | November 23, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

no documentary has since captured the inside views of a Presidential campaign so naturally

Full Review… | September 1, 2012
Old School Reviews

This impressive filmed record of the 1960 presidential primary documents the showdown between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy as if it were still a contest.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Primary

Historical film from a cinematic perspective. The Maysles Brothers charted new territory with this film. A behind the scenes access direct cinema approach had never been seen before this film. Essential viewing for any aspiring filmmaker. 5 stars!

Tyler  Culbertson
Tyler Culbertson

While it might seem common today...two things about this film are unique. First it features what would prove to be one of the first primary elections that really mattered and secondly it was one of the first real candid looks at a presidental election. Works real well for what it is...a political documentary. If thats not your thing then you could skip it.

Jason Hartman
Jason Hartman

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Nathan Tensen
Nathan Tensen

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