Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

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Investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? Employed is what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--and the outcomes they might have produced. Using an array of resources including recently declassified and never-before-seen archival footage, documents, and audio tapes, and testimony from a critical oral history conference, including Kennedy and Johnson administration officials, the question is asked: Does it matter who is president on issues of war and peace?

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Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés.

Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Director Koji Masutani has masterfully assembled a wealth of archival footage, photos and audiotapes, some of which has been recently declassified.

Mar 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its title, Virtual JFK doesn't imagine a world where JFK survives the events of Dallas and goes on to win a second term as U.S. president. That would be a whole other movie, and a fascinating one at that.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

The word Iraq is never uttered, but there's no avoiding it as Kennedy asserts during the Bay of Pigs crisis that to attack Cuba, a country that hadn't attacked the United States, would be contrary to our national tradition.

Jan 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK.

Dec 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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