The War Room
Chris Hegedus & D. A. Pennebaker
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The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House—and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker captured the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants—especially James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a savvy, youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, The War Room is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) still ring in our ears.
If you answered yes, watch this doc.... EVEN if you're a Republican :)
The Last of the Good Guys
After the election of Clinton, politics would slide down hill into the world of "going negative." This seems like the last good fight. This may have been the last campaign when we could be assured of a fair fight. Carville and Stephanopoulos are gems. Clinton was on the threshold of the worst attacks imaginable and the awful life-long consequences of his lies to both himself and his party. The absence of the cell phone was disconcerting (How did they manage?) There were even fewer computers. It was like watching a time long ago. I really enjoyed it.
Who's that guy in the top half of the cover with hair?
Ohhh, I get it. Cajun Jim wasn't always reflecting as much sun as he does now.