August 1, 2012
We recently added “A Perfect Candidate” to the DBRL collection. The film played on the PBS series POV back in 1997 and currently has a rating of 88% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the POV site:
Disproving the adage that there are no second acts in American life, Iran/Contra legend Oliver North re-emerged to challenge incumbent Charles Robb in a hotly contested 1994 Virginia senatorial race. R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor weave a modern-day parable about leadership in America and campaign culture in a cynical age. The result is a clear-eyed examination of the electoral process, where issues take a back seat to the machinations of spin doctors, and voter interests are lost in a media hall of mirrors.
Check out the film’s IMDB page for more info.
May 9, 2012
We recently added The War Room to the DBRL collection. The 1993 film was recently re-released by Criterion as a two disc set and currently has a rating of 95% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
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, the filmmakers closely followed the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants. Fleet-footed and entertaining, this is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths still ring in our ears.
Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info. The directors of this film also directed the documentaries Down from the Mountain (2000) and Kings of Pastry (2011).