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L.B.J.

Documentary Film
Cuba
1968
18 minutes
subtitles: 
Spanish

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Santiago Álvarez
Leo Brouwer, Pablo Milanés
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
José Pepìn Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Santiago Álvarez
Santiago Álvarez
Lyndon B. Johnson, also known as L.B.J., politician of the Democratic Party of the United States of America, Vice President under John F. Kennedy and his successor after the latter was assassinated. L.B.J. was also responsible for the first deployment of American troops to Vietnam in 1965. A film about Lyndon B. Johnson then? No doubt, but rather indirectly. Directly, Santiago Álvarez’s film seems like a pop pamphlet about assassination as the ultima ratio of U.S. politics in the 1960s. And suddenly L.B.J. reads quite differently, with L like (Martin) Luther (King), B like Bobby (Kennedy) and J like John (F. Kennedy).

Ralph Eue