Reagan

Synopsis: Ronald Reagan as a man, as compared to his legacy, is rich territory for exploration, and a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is just one of the many things that springs to mind after viewing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's latest opus, Reagan (Jarecki's Why We Fight won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Documentary). Speaking at his funeral, Mark Antony said of Caesar, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." With a firm grasp of Reagan's story, Jarecki avoids the predictable and takes the long view on Reagan's life and influence, while staying centered on him as a man of deep contradiction; an American whose patriotism paradoxically led him to impeachable acts, a liberal Democrat who came to define the modern conservative movement.
Director(s): Eugene Jarecki
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Year:
2011
105 min
414 Views


Frank glides through the phone banks, handing out

personalized pick-me-ups to each volunteer.

The last is his least favorite to give, labeled ‘KARL.’

INT. CAMPAIGN OFFICE - PRIVATE OFFICE

The eponymous KARL (30s, suspenders, punchable face) squeezes

a HAND GRIP while sticking BLUE PINS in a map of the state of

Maryland. Frank sets his coffee on his desk.

KARL:

Look at this, Frankie. It’s an ass-

kicking in progress. Whole country’s

gonna be one big sea of blue.

4.

FRANK:

We’re red now. Democrats are blue.

KARL:

Bullshit they’re blue. Red’s the

Commie color. They’re our...Commies.

FRANK:

Well, they’re in disguise then. You

see my numbers? I had a big day.

KARL:

Could be better.

FRANK:

Could be better? I registered over

two hundred new voters.

KARL:

And forty of them are voting for

Mondale. Signing up Bad Guys

doesn’t count. I knocked ‘em off

your gross, subtracted them from

your Good Guys to give you a grand

total of...

(checking a sheet)

...Could Be Better.

FRANK:

Karl, you can’t do that. I need to

get credit for my work.

KARL:

You want credit, Frankie, you’re on

the wrong Hill.

Frank scowls at Karl in what seems like a daily occurrence.

He storms out of the office. Karl calls after him.

KARL (CONT’D)

Gonna need to get those stats up,

Frankie. The Good Guys are blue!

INT. CAMPAIGN OFFICE - NOVEMBER 6, 1984

The office buzzes again, this time with jubilant celebration

as the television announces good news. And DAN RATHER.

DAN RATHER:

And I’m getting word that CBS News

can confirm the projection of a

victory for the incumbent,

President Ronald Wilson Reagan.

5.

The primitive graphics color states in for Reagan...in RED.

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Mike Rosolio

Mike Rosolio is a writer and actor, known for Reagan, American Vandal (2017) and Sean Saves the World (2013). more…

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