Jimmy Carter Man From Plains


Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

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Man From Plains is a fascinating look at the former president's recent endeavors.



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Former President Jimmy Carter embarks on a book tour of his non-fiction book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" and speaks at various books signings about how peace can be achieved in the Middle East.

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  • This is a man it is impossible not to like, even if you think he was a weakish one-term commander-in-chief. At least he was not Nixon or Bush Jr.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Demme's fascinating documentary shows Carter on a US tour to promote the book. Perhaps Carter - and Demme himself - imagined this would be as trouble-free as Al Gore promoting environmentalism.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Jimmy Carter Man from Plains is an affectionate and admiring portrait of a politician who, like Al Gore, became more idealistic and effective on the world stage once he left office.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • Demme is clearly a Carter enthusiast, and his film paints a vivid, involving picture of an informed and passionate man whose impact is still being felt worldwide.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
  • Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again...

    Jan 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It won't utterly rewrite Carter's history, and it won't convert anybody in this divided country, but Man from Plains will remind us that principle, humility and intelligence have a place in image-is-everything American politics.

    Jan 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Jonathan Demme's excellent documentary of Jimmy Carter's struggle to balance on the razor's edge between equal advocacy for both Palestinian liberation and for Israel's right to a peaceful existence. In addition to being "accused of being a liar, bigot, and anti-Semite" -- as if that wasn't enough of a challenge -- he's also accused of being a plagiarist with Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, his book that generated all this controversy two years ago. An incredible story about an incredible man.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Jonathan Demme, "Jimmy Carter Man from Plains" is a mostly verite(there is also some archival material included) and overlong documentary about Jimmy Carter on a recent acrimonious book tour promoting his book "Palestine Peace not Apartheid."(It should be noted that he is not the only person to make this same connection. For example, Naomi Klein does in her book "The Shock Doctrine" on page 559.) Carter intended to provoke discussion by using the loaded word of Apartheid but instead started a prolonged shouting match between two antagonistic sides, providing more insight into the rest of us than its intended subject who comes off as a genuine man of peace and voice for the Palestinian people. While denouncing violence from both Israel and Palestine, Carter saves most of his ire for the security wall that cuts into the occupied West Bank. Detractors including Alan Dershowitz get their say and Tavis Smiley of PBS provides the best analysis of Carter who also helps to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Plus, he is in better shape than I am! [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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The best documentary I've seen in ages from one of the most brillant,humane,and principled men ever to occupy the oval office of the United States Presidency.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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[size=3]I thought I was going to be enraptured by "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains," the new documentary from legendary filmmaker [b]Jonathan Demme[/b]. But I wasn't. It's not a bad film, but it's not that engaging.[/size] [size=3]Given the subject matter, Carter's highly controversial book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," it should have been riveting. Instead it was placid and barely turned its gaze to Middle Eastern issues. It doesn't seem that Demme has any serious interest in the Middle East. Carter is shown having many hard-hitting discussions with Middle East experts who took issue with his use of the word "apartheid." But every time such a conversation gets started, Demme cuts away to long, quiet shots of Carter walking through airports or riding in a rented SUV as he and a publicist ride to the next stop on the book tour. [/size] [size=3]The publicist appears not to have any interest in the content of the book. All that's on her mind is getting to the next destination on time. So why film her so much? Are the mechanics of a book tour interesting? I certainly don't think so.[/size] [size=3]The title of the film and its overall marketing strategy are misleading. They give the impression that the film is a general introduction to Mr. Carter and his work. It really is just a film about the Palestine book. Rosalynn Carter is barely in the film, and almost no one is interviewed. It's overwhelmingly just footage of Carter on the book tour. There is some video from his work with Habitat for Humanity and some old footage from the Peace Accord between Egypt and Israel, but not much.[/size] [size=3]As far as I know, there has been no major documentary about Carter made as of yet. Given that he is one of the few true thinkers of our epoch, you'd think we'd have one by now. If you're looking for such a thing, you won't get it here.[/size]

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

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