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This informative documentary offers a sound, if uninspiring lesson in civics.
Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.
The film's triple thesis is that elections are run badly, Democrats are often clueless and Republicans are clever. Maybe -- but that still leaves too many unanswered questions.
Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo make Ohio a confounding crucible of the American political machine and a microcosm of the country's cultural and socioeconomic fractures.
Supported by commentary from both Republican and Democratic operatives, the movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message. The truth and verifiability of that message is something else again.
Filmmakers James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo captured fascinating glimpses of the action leading up to the election, as well as the Monday morning quarterbacking (from Republicans and Democrats) about what went wrong or right.
The star of the show is Paul Bagala, who in no uncertain terms points out the foibles of his own side's defeat.
A fair warning that the world is watching to see whether Karl Rove and company put their thumbs on the scales again.
Um olhar imparcial sobre as estratégias de democratas e republicanos durante a eleição presidencial de 2004, o filme buca analisar os erros e acertos que conduziram à reeleição de Bush, oferecendo respostas inteligentes e, muitas vezes, surpreendentes.
An unpretty picture of the 2004 Presidential election campaign animated by big money, power politics, negative campaign ads, and hatred.
A strikingly mature, but no less passionate, counterpoint to many of the season's angrier political documentaries.
A detailed and somewhat straggling account of the 2004 presidential election's flashpoint climax in Ohio.
A well done documentary about the electoral process, specifically in Ohio. While it could be a little clearer about the overall campaigning system, there are far too many documentaries which cover that process. Instead, it takes a broader strategic view, uses the 2004 elections as a case study, and puts many of the events in context.
Clear, well done, and really does an excellent job at remaining neutral. Still, by being neutral, it doesn't get to have a feel-good "go do something" ending... which is needed to keep any political documentary from becoming a downer.
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