Rory and Ethel Kennedy spoke with Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Rory Kennedy interviewed her mother and other family members for “Ethel.’’ Below, Ethel stood with Robert F. Kennedy in 1961. 

Read more at Boston Globe and visit the Ethel website.


Entertainment Weekly reviews Liz Garbus' new film, LOVE, MARILYN, and gives it an A-rating

Liz Garbus' newest documentary feature, Love, Marilyn, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival as a Gala Premiere, to rave reviews. It also screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the 2012 Hamptons Film Festival. The film will screen on HBO in the spring of 2013, and last week, it opened for an exclusive, two-week run at New York City's Film Forum Theater. 

Owen Gleiberman reviewed the film at Toronto, and again last week, for its theatrical opening. He writes, "Actresses like Glenn Close, Viola Davis, and a fantastic Uma Thurman read the excerpts, and listening to Monroe's own words, we hear her voice and glimpse her soul as never before. We also watch her in never-before-seen interviews, photographs, and home movies, some of which were shot when she wasn't wearing makeup. That's a good metaphor for what the film achieves: It presents Marilyn without the cosmetic cover of her mythologies... "Grade A."

Love, Marilyn will play at the Film Forum from November 30th, through December 11th. Get screening times, and purchase tickets online, at



By Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

With 24 members of the Kennedy family jetting into town, along with pop star and admirer 
Taylor Swift, the premiere of the documentary Ethel was a spirited high point of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


The only person with some trepidation about the celebration on Friday was Ethel Kennedy, the 83-year-old subject of the film.


"I'm a train wreck," she admitted hours before walking down the festival red carpet.


The wife of former attorney general and senator Robert Kennedy has managed to keep a low profile within one of the highest-profile families in America. Her last interview was 30 years ago with news anchor Tom Brokaw. But when filmmaker Rory Kennedy, 43, the youngest of Ethel and Robert Kennedy's 11 children, called to ask whether she would do a documentary for HBO, Ethel agreed.


"I honestly didn't think she would do it," Rory Kennedy says. "But when I asked, (Ethel) paused and just said, 'OK.' Then she said not to ask again because she might change her mind."


Ethel Kennedy is not an easy interview. She is unfailingly polite, sipping a Coca-Cola through a straw in a hotel restaurant with a constant smile. But she goes to great pains to deflect any attention into another direction.


"Please talk to her," she finally says after a question, gesturing toward her daughter.


"Good luck getting her to talk about herself," Rory Kennedy adds, laughing. "Now you're starting to get the idea."


But Kennedy managed to pull together an intimate portrait of her mother after five days of interviews, along with talks with each of her siblings, including former U.S.representative Joe Kennedy. Filled with family home videos and pictures, Ethel is a highly personal story, but it covers the history of a family interwoven with American history.


"My mother had front-row seats to all of these historical events," says Rory Kennedy, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the civil rights movement. "She was there every step of the way. She has never spoken about these times like this. Even I didn't know the details."


Some of her mother's on-camera revelations left Kennedy surprised. She didn't know that her mother bet on horses in college or that Robert Kennedy slid down the White House banister when brother John became president.


"It was just a way of letting off steam," Ethel says, explaining the banister incident. "There was so much excitement."


Insights like this made the project worthwhile to Rory Kennedy. The film is scheduled to air on HBO this year.


"Now there is a much fuller picture of my mother. Her life has been truly remarkable. In the highs and lows and even the day to day, she has lived intensely. You would be hard-pressed to find another like her."



Ethel Kennedy has been to the Sundance Film Festival before, but never as the subject of a film. This looks to change with the 2012 festival, which will showcase the documentary Ethel, an intimate portrait of her life directed by daughter Rory Kennedy.

Organizers on Monday released the list of 23 dramatic films and documentaries to be premiered at the festival Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah. The out-of-competition lineup also includes a documentary about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon and a drama directed by Spike Lee.

Rory Kennedy says the Kennedy matriarch, 83, is looking forward to attending the premiere.

Read more at USATODAY and visit the Ethel website.



If only Bobby Fischer, the late chess champion, had had a Harry Potter-style magic wand, he might have chosen to banish his multiple internal demons. Liz Garbus’s documentary, Bobby Fischer Against the World, charts the rise of the gawky Brooklyn-born prodigy to become a US Champion at 14, and then to take on the Russian World Champion Boris Spassky at 29.

The most mesmerising part of the film is the footage of his tense 1972 victory over Spassky in Reykjavik, an event complicated by Fischer’s initial threats of non-attendance. The world became glued to a match that reflected the battle for Cold War dominance between America and Russia. There was, however, a touching grace between the two men: Spassky at one stage applauded his opponent, prompting Fischer to describe him as a “sportsman”.

Such grace was lacking from Fischer’s own later life, as his talent was paralysed by paranoia and anti-Semitic rants (ironic, considering that both his parents were Jewish). Friends remember the best and worst of an isolated genius for whom ordinary life remained an unsolvable puzzle.