Director Oliver Stone recently tweeted the announcement that his 1991 feature JFK, his avid indictment of President Kennedy’s assassination, will be re-released in theaters this November as part of a 50th Anniversary tribute to one of America’s darkest hours. The film is set to return to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. on November 6th, and hit more than 250 screens across the country on November 11th.The film, the first that director Stone focused on an American president (he has since made the features Nixon and W.), was written by Stone and Zachary Sklar, and ignited a firestorm of debates over the legitimacy of the content and the conspiracy theories that it argued at the time of its release and still continues to a point of endless curiosity and parody. JFK was nominated for eight Academy Awards for the 1991 calendar year including Best Picture, and won two for its cinematography and film editing and featured a huge, sprawling ensemble cast that included Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones (in an Oscar-nominated role), Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek.
The re-release of JFK marks a collection of other notable efforts that surround the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The first of which took place at last night’s Primetime Emmy ceremony which paid tribute to one of the most somber moments in American history, and its great significance being magnified by television, then still in its adolescence. The upcoming film Parkland also explores the behind the scenes events of Kennedy’s assassination set about the hospital where Kennedy was taken to – it opens in theaters on October 4th and recently made its debuts at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.