Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1993. Cyclone Films, McEttinger Films, Pennebaker Associates. Cinematography by Nick Doob, D.A. Pennebaker. Produced by R.J. Cutler. Film Editing by Chris Hegedus, Erez Laufer, D.A. Pennebaker. Academy Awards 1993. National Board of Review Awards 1993. National Board of Review Awards 1996. New York Film Critics Awards 1993. Toronto International Film Festival 1993.
Scintillating documentary that depicts the Clinton election team as it works to get a Democrat candidate into the Oval Office. Centering on the hard work of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, the film reveals the goings-on backstage in the grand political show, their savvy personalities and intense campaign strategies working overtime to prove why Bill is the best for the job. Not even a sex scandal can deter this team as it takes on a very tough challenge in unseating George Bush from sitting a second term as President of the United States. Both Carville and Stephanopoulos are fascinating characters worthy of a West Wing episode (fans of which will be in heaven here), and the filmmakers are wise in choosing them as the film’s subject and not their employer, whose personality is by now common knowledge to the world. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s exemplary film is sometimes a bit too soft on its subject, probably in light of it being edited and released following his electoral victory, but there’s still lots of juicy information to be learned.