Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-04-01
Author: Dennis Lim, Special To The Los Angeles Times

Article Mentions
Author, Dennis Lim, Special To The Los Angeles Times
Mentioned, George Stephanopoulos
Mentioned, Bill Clinton
Mentioned, D.A. Pennebaker
Mentioned, Chris Hegedus
Mentioned, George Clooney
Mentioned, Mary Matalin
Mentioned, President George H.W. Bush
Mentioned, James Carville
Mentioned, John F. Kennedy
Mentioned, Hubert Humphrey
Mentioned, Ross Perot
Mentioned, Nerve
Mentioned, The Source
Nearly two decades ago, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' documentary "The War Room" turned the strategists behind Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign into bona-fide media stars. The film's arrival on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection in another election year is a reminder of both how much and how little things have changed. The popular image of the darkly glamorous arts of political spin owes much to these veterans of the Clinton war room (George Clooney screened the film for his "Ides of March" cast). But "The War Room" is also in many ways the product of an earlier information age, and for better or worse, a political campaign could almost certainly not be captured this way today. A pioneer of the American cinema-vrit ...(read more)
... Nearly two decades ago, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' documentary "The War Room" turned the strategists behind Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign into bona-fide media stars. The film's arrival on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collect ...
... makes for a bright-eyed sidekick, but the Ragin' Cajun is the undisputed star. Carville gets off more than his share of sharp-tongued barbs, describing "the stench of yesterday" clinging to then-President George H.W. Bush and calling Ross Perot's ca ...


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