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We’re about to be inundated with remembrances of the Kennedy assassination, 50 years after Dallas. “Letters to Jackie,” a documentary being shown Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Cinema, is about how Americans were affected by the president’s death — told in their own words in the letters they sent to Jacqueline Kennedy. Directed by Bill Couturié, the film contains archival footage from the Kennedy years. amherstcinema.org.
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Presidential historian Ellen Fitzpatrick, who grew up in Amherst, provided the inspiration for Couturié’s film. For her 2010 book, “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation,” Fitzpatrick read thousands of the letters; she’ll hold an audience Q&A after the screening on Oct. 24.