Directed by : Emilio Pacull

“America’s politics would now be also America’s favorite movie, America’s first soap opera, America’s best seller.” (Norman Mailer). In 2008, the election of the President of the United States will have effects beyond America’s frontiers and will influence future world events in far-away countries. What problems will this new President face? How will he react? And what will he (or she) look like? As we try to understand what it means to be President, one of the places we turn to for examples is fiction. Hollywood has fictionalized the lives of numerous real presidents and created dozens of imaginary ones (over 60 films in the last 15 years). Recently, Mr. (or Madam) President has become an international star thanks to TV series (West Wing, 24 Chrono, Commander-in-Chief). Combining clips from films and tv series, archives, interviews (historians, journalists, actors, directors, screenwriters, speechwriters and political analysts) and footage from key Presidential locations : the documentary explores the resources and receipes behind this "Presidential factory"and examines various interconnections between political life and "presidential fiction".

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Author : Maurice Ronai - Emilio Pacull

Producer : Les Films d'Ici - Serge Lalou / Arte France

Partners : Procirep-Angoa

Available version : VF/VA

Broadcaster : Arte France

Length : 52'

Format : Vidéo

ISAN : 00000002172C0000M000000008


International sales : Arte Distribution

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