November 22, 2008

New doc recalls Kennedys’ immigrant roots

Filmmaker Robert Kline says he wanted his new documentary The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings to focus on the political family's immigrant roots.

Kline told UPI in a recent phone interview that he was more interested in chronicling the Kennedy clan's origins in Ireland, their eventual rise to power as one of the world's best-known political dynasties and their contributions to the world, than he was re-examining the scandals frequently associated with the family.

I have been asked, 'Did you tell the whole story?' And I look at the questioner when it's in a Q&A with the audience and I'll say, 'I don't do tabloid documentaries.' They mean was I going to do the private lives, said Kline. I say I don't think that's relevant to the historical journey of an immigrant family that I wanted to tell.

Based on Thomas Maier's celebrated book of the same title, The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings is on DVD now.

Saturday was the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.