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04.07.2022

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The Chilean film director has become widely known among the broader public in Europe, thanks to his film biography Jackie (2016), and to Spencer (2021) – a movie inspired by the life of the Princess of Wales. Both lead actresses – Natalie Portman, as Jacqueline Kennedy, and Kristen Stewart, as Princess Diana – were nominated for Academy Awards.

In Jackie, the widow of the President speaks with a journalist a week after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, remembering the day of the murder, the return to the White House and the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. The film places great value on historic accuracy in every detail: Natalie Portman – who in the film looks amazingly like Jacqueline Kennedy – really appears to be sitting in the Oval Office at the White House; and in the scene that takes place on November 22, 1963, she appears to be wearing the same pink two-piece that Jackie chose to wear on that fateful day.

The blood-stained outfit is etched into the collective memory of the USA: the understandably shocked presidential widow refused to change her wardrobe, as she wanted everyone to see what had been done to her husband. She also wore the same clothes for the swearing in of former Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, aboard Air Force One, on the flight back to Washington.

Later on, the family donated the clothing – which was never cleaned – to the National Archives and Records Administration. It is held at an undisclosed location and, according to an agreement signed with Kennedy daughter Caroline, may not be displayed in public before the year 2103.  

Picture: © Pablo Larraín
Equipment: Leica Q (Typ 116), Summilux 1:1.7/28 ASPH.
© Luis Poirot

Pablo Larraín

...was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. In 2003, he and his brother, Juan de Dios Larraín, co-founded the production company Fábula, through which he develops his cinematic and advertising projects, and supports the work of emerging international directors. Larraín has directed eight feature films, and co-directed one television series. His movies include the Academy Award-nominated films No (2012), Jackie (2016) and Spencer (2021).
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