Death of a President

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Released 2007

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  • Death of a President Trailer

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    9/10/06

    Trailer for Death of a President. British director Gabriel Range imagines the aftereffects of the assassination of George W. Bush in this fictional documentary ("mockumentary" seems too playful a word for this relentlessly taut film) set in 2008. Range uses real news footage, staged scenes (shot on high-res video but cleverly doctored to resemble grainy satellite news images and security-camera tapes), and phony talking-head interviews to create a compelling and believable thriller for the CNN generation. He even adds some whodunit elements, along with philosophical musings about post-9/11 civil liberties, the psychological effects of war, and the multilayered impact that such a murder would have on the world. What makes Range's story so believable--in addition to the excellent performances by the "interviewees" playing FBI agents, beat cops, advisers, and suspects--is the wide scope of political and personal viewpoints given equal voice. The president is seen as neither a hero nor a villain; his advisers and security team are loyal and even-keeled but not without their own irrational prejudices, and the assassin's motives, while not condoned, are made to seem understandable. This is a deeply compassionate look at a fictional situation that could very well become a reality--rather than lulling viewers with escapism, Range asks them to consider the consequences of the events unfolding all around them.moreless
  • Death of a President Clip: Live Audience

    Clip

    9/10/06

    President George W. Bush charms his Chicago audience with humor and wit.
  • Death of a President Clip: Shots Fired

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    9/10/06

    Shots are fired at President George W. Bush.
  • Death of a President Clip: Suspected Assassin

    Clip

    9/10/06

    Now President Dick Cheney gets down in the weeds on the assassination investigation.
  • Death of a President Clip: Caravan Arrives

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    9/10/06

    President George W. Bush arrives to Chicago.
  • Death of a President Clip: Northwestern Hospital

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    9/10/06

    First Lady Laura Bush arrives at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.
  • Death of a President

    Movie

    1/1/07

    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 a monstrous and cataclysmic event: the assassination of President George W. Bush on October 19th, 2007. The "documentary" artfully combines archival footage and carefully composed interviews presented in a respectful and dignified manner. The film doesn't advocate violence; rather, it shows its pernicious effects. It is exciting and questioning, and it offers viewers a riveting story -- creating a provocative political thriller that reveals larger truths.moreless