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Old 10th Oct 2006, 0:03   #1
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Has anyone else in the UK just watched Death Of A President?

It was a rather well made mockumentary, the blend of archive footage mixed with acted scenes worked well. It felt, perhaps, a little slow but all in all it told a valid enough chain of events after the assassination of George W. Bush in 2007. The manipulation of the crime by Dick Cheney to pursue his own anti-Syria agenda seemed plausible. The real food for thought, however, came from the mock interviews, where they offered insight into such tactics as media manipulation, dropping mention of al-Qaeda whenever you want to insinuate someone is the bad guy, and showed an interesting depiction of political prisoners in the US.
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The manipulation of the crime by Dick Cheney to pursue his own anti-Syria agenda seemed plausible. The real food for thought, however, came from the mock interviews, where they offered insight into such tactics as media manipulation, dropping mention of al-Qaeda whenever you want to insinuate someone is the bad guy, and showed an interesting depiction of political prisoners in the US.
Oh drat, I wish I'd stayed up now. The first, oh 40 minutes I guess, where he got shot and there was lots of pastiche protest footage and general motorcade stuff was fine, but as you say Stewart, slow... so slow that by the second/third add break I was nodding off and so toddled off thereby missing what sounds like a pretty interesting show.

Oh well, undoubtedly they'll repeat. Glad it perked up though.
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Well, it stayed slow. But it cast its net wide as it turned into a murder mystery, before the net tightened with a nice big red herring along the way.

I doubt I'd watch the film again, but it's one of those you are glad to see. Looking about on the net last night, it would seem that the majority of American journalists commenting on it (without seeing it, of course) were calling it vile, snuff, and lefty propaganda. About how it was anti-Bush and all that jazz. But, to be honest, there were no good guys in the film, just as there were no bad guys. Bush came out of it however you interpret it, and I didn't see it as being a hate campaign. Just a what-if.
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