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Caucus makes a return trip to Iowa a welcome journey.
Schnack's observational approach studiously avoids editorializing, allowing the words and actions captured by the cameras to speak for themselves.
This gripping and grotesque portrait of retail politics in the Hawkeye State, entirely free of editorial commentary, locates truths about the contemporary Republican Party and our flawed electoral system that a more tendentious account never could.
While not quite apolitical, Mr. Schnack's wry film takes no partisan stance and is instead more focused on personalities than on the process.
Like the character who finds the most success in "Caucus," the film's path to victory is paved by its attention to detail and staying small.
Perfectly captures the chaos of the caucus circus while delivering a different kind of political campaign doc, from the crowd rather than the candidate(s)' bus or war room.
Caucus allows moviegoers to tag along, like a silent observer forbidden from asking questions, in the run-up to the Iowa Caucus in January 2012.
It feels like 100 minutes of arch nudges, a highlight reel from Politicians Say The Darndest Things.
Schnack's hanging-back approach deprives Caucus of any helpful context about the larger election. While this boosts the sensation of flash-in-the-pan comedy, it doesn't always make for gripping cinema or solid reportage.
This isn't a pulse-pounding documentary, but a well structured slice of election life.
It's fascinating to see these guys in their "off camera" personas suddenly put forward their artificial selves in front of live and taped audiences. They essentially are saying the same thing but are desperate to sell themselves as different. It allows the view to judge and support or condemn their actions.
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