Hunting of the President, The

July 1st, 2005 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

Director: Nickolas Perry, Harry Thomason

Two things to keep in mind. One; the US Republican party spent more money trying to run Bill Clinton out of office than it did investigating the events of September 11, 2001. Two; Michael Moore claimed that no less than six documentaries were bankrolled by the same party to discredit him after the success of Fahrenheit 9/11.

So not only should we remember that purpose of a political party is to stay in power (rather than serve the needs of the people), but also that you can’t really trust anybody — who’s to say The Hunting of the President wasn’t bankrolled by the US Democrats in response to Republican smears?

Taken at face value, it effectively chronicles the right wing’s attempt to oust Clinton at any cost, grabbing at any straw from dodgy real estate associates to extramarital activity.

Initially a little bit cheesy — even with Morgan Freeman’s narration (which mysteriously disappears halfway through) — a tone of somber menace is achieved by the use of a low, haunting musical note almost constantly as the argument is made chapter by chapter for how Clinton’s detractors and enemies drew their plans.

Drawing on dozens of interviewees few Australians will be familiar with, it tells of a conspiracy that bodes very badly for democracy in the face of relentless and well-organised propaganda.

The only real extra is a surprisingly candid introduction by Bill Clinton at a US screening with some of his own insights.

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