Death of a President

About D.O.A.P film…

 



Reviews from people who haven’t seen the film.

December 13th, 2007
“I think it’s despicable.”

 - Senator Hillary Clinton, New York (D)


 

“I find this shocking, I find it disturbing. I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.”

 - Gretchen Esell, Republican Party of Texas 


 

“We are not commenting because it doesn’t dignify a response.”

- Emily Lawrimore, White House spokesperson. 


 

“It’s awfully hard if you’re his children, his wife, his mother, his dad; there’s a certain thing we can’t lose as human beings, which is empathy for maybe the hardest job in the world. Whether we think it’s being performed right or not we can’t, like, wish… or think that’s even cute.” 

- Kevin Costner

 

Introduction

December 12th, 2007

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT follows the investigation of the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush in October 2007. Combining real archival footage with a credible but fictional story, “Death of a President” presents a fascinating and thought-provoking political thriller.


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DEATH OF A PRESIDENT 

Winner of the International Critics’ Prize at the Toronto Film Festival,” “DEATH OF A PRESIDENT” is conceived as a fictional TV documentary broadcast in 2008, reflecting on another monstrously despicable and cataclysmic event: the assassination of President George W. Bush on October 19th, 2007. The “documentary” combines archival footage and carefully composed interviews, presented in a respectful and dignified manner. Exciting and questioning, it refashions the event into a riveting story.

The film opens with the ferocious energy of a Tarantino or Oliver Stone movie, as frenetically edited archival footage thrusts us into a raging crowd of protesters, waiting for President Bush’s procession. The President is portrayed as a sympathetic and likable man–beloved by those close to him and charming to his followers. As the President gives a patriotic speech inside a hotel, the demonstrators’ fury increases to the breaking point. The tension mounts until the horrible instant where the President is assassinated.

After the assassination, the film shifts into the style of a mystery, and follows the FBI’s hunt for the assassin. All the suspects are interviewed except one�the Syrian man who is convicted and put on death row. There is much circumstantial evidence against him. But is he guilty of the crime? Or does his being Middle Eastern provide a convenient excuse to label the death of the President as an Act of Terror?

Director Gabriel Range previously used the device of a “retrospective documentary” in his celebrated 2003 film “The Day Britain Stopped,” about a chain of events that led to a breakdown of the country’s transport system and nearly a hundred fatalities. Both of these films have been acclaimed for the technical virtuosity with which they combine archival footage and filmed scenes to create disturbingly real visions of catastrophes.

“Death of a President” was honored by The International Critics Prize Jury (FIPRESCI) at Toronto for “the audacity with which it distorts reality, to reveal a larger truth.”