QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

The Fon­das, 8.30pm, Bio Hol­ly­wood has a thing for keep­ing it in the fam­ily. I guess if you grow up in aris­to­cratic splen­dour, wit­ness­ing your par­ents be­ing in­dulged and feted at ev­ery turn, it would be hard not to go into the fam­ily busi­ness. Ac­cord­ing to this doc­u­men­tary, how­ever, no Hol­ly­wood dy­nasty has gen­er­ated the re­spect, the ac­co­lades or the con­tro­versy of the Fon­das. Let’s see, there’s Henry, Jane, Peter, and Brid­get. Like Seven’s Brothers & Sis­ters , The Fon­das is a story of tested and un­break­able fam­ily bonds, crises, be­tray­als and tragedies. If the Fon­das didn’t ex­ist, some TV ex­ec­u­tive would have had to in­vent them. JFK’s Women: The Scan­dals Re­vealed, 7.30pm, SBS Did the 1963 as­sas­si­na­tion of John Fitzger­ald Kennedy save his rep­u­ta­tion? This well- made doc­u­men­tary sets out to prove that it might have. Kennedy’s youth and his in­tel­lec­tual bril­liance promised a new era in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. But he was also a reck­less sex­ual ad­ven­turer. ‘‘ I get a mi­graine headache if I don’t get a strange piece of ass ev­ery day,’’ an aide claims to have been told by the great man. Ev­ery one seems to know about Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, pic­tured, but she was just one of a se­ries of reck­less af­fairs, five of which were po­ten­tial threats to Amer­ica’s na­tional se­cu­rity. ‘‘ He was an aris­to­crat who sam­pled all the candy in the box. If it had a skirt, he sam­pled it,’’ says J. Edgar Hoover’s bi­og­ra­pher An­thony Sum­mers, quot­ing Kennedy’s close friend sen­a­tor Ge­orge Smath­ers. Ter­rific view­ing.

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