Bobby

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Rating: 7.5

Yesterday evening I went to the movies here in Maniago after a long time, and it was a great comeback for me. Bobby is a movie about the day of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, RFK. It gives a detailed account of what happened inside the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where Kennedy and his supporters were at first waiting for - and the celebrating - the results of the California primary election.

The story is not focused on Robert Kennedy, but on other people who where at the hotel that day: the concierge (an excellent Anthony Hopkins), a singer (Demi Moore), a man of the Kennedy Staff (Martin Sheen), the manager of the hotel and his wife (Sharon Stone), the kitchen manager (Christian Slater), a kitchen worker (Lawrence Fishburne), a young couple about to marry for diverse reasons (Elijah Wood and Lindsay Lohan), and two young Kennedy supporters fearing to be sent to Vietnam. Despite this outstanding cast - with every superstar playing its little role - the one most significant character is probably the Mexican kitchen worker Jose, who is a symbol of the Kennedy philosophy: a guy who believes in a better future and tries to reach for it.

The first part of the movie can seem a bit slow, as it focuses on details about the characters which do not seem too much interesting - but then they are, as they show their values, their principles and, as a consequence, how they want their nation - the US - to be, and what they expect from Kennedy as a president. Every now and then the director zooms into TV screens in the hotel, which show parts of the original speeches made by Robert Kennedy during his campaign: the audio is original as well, there were subtitles in the Italian version I saw. The longest of these speeches is placed after the assassination of Kennedy, while the images of the injured people go by: to some people those words may sound rhetorical, but they're simply American - and they're breathtaking.

Here's a part of what Kennedy said, from Wikiquote:

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

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