Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007)
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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.
Demme says he entered the project expecting 'fireworks,' and he gets them time and again...
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.
Whether you're of the opinion that Carter is a misguided meddler or a worthy Nobel Peace Prize-winner (he won the award in 2002), Jonathan Demme's new documentary about the 39th president will provide you with plenty of ammunition.
Moviegoers might initially find the inside peek into a media book tour fascinating. But the tedium of trekking from hotel to car to interview and back to a waiting limo can wear down one's resolve.
From the open-air stroll he took down Pennsylvania Ave. on his inauguration day, to the sunny-coloured cardigans he wore when addressing the nation, president James T. Carter always seemed like a guy who wanted people to remember he was one of them.
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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.
[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]
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.
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