Director: Eugene Jarecki
Ronald Reagan as a man, as compared to his legacy, is rich territory for exploration, and a line from Shakespeareâ€™s Julius Caesar is just one of the many things that springs to mind after viewing filmmaker Eugene Jareckiâ€™s latest opus, Reagan (Jareckiâ€™s Why We Fight won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Documentary). Speaking at his funeral, Mark Antony said of Caesar, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." With a firm grasp of Reaganâ€™s story, Jarecki avoids the predictable and takes the long view on Reaganâ€™s life and influence, while staying centered on him as a man of deep contradiction; an American whose patriotism paradoxically led him to impeachable acts, a liberal Democrat who came to define the modern conservative movement.
Rendered to play the big screen, but unlike the B-movies that fill Reaganâ€™s resume, this may be the best movie Ronald Reagan ever starred in. Through extraordinary visual material, interviews, and research, Jarecki creates a definitive portrait of a man solidly in and of his times, whose policies and beliefs, for better and worse, continue to shape the world we live in.
- U.S. Documentary Feature Films
- 2011, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A./United Kingdom, 105 min.