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Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, low-key chronicle of former president Jimmy Carter’s controversial book tour for his book Palestine Freedom or Apartheid confirms Demme’s mastery of the documentary form (STOP MAKING SENSE) and of the inherent decency and intelligence of this subject. Leisurely building to a moving climax, this is a forceful reminder (along with Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore) that America can still produce leaders of integrity and intelligence even if we do not always agree with all of their positions. One of the year’s best documentaries in a year of terrific non-fiction films.

manfromplains1.jpg

Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, low-key chronicle of former president Jimmy Carter’s controversial book tour for his book Palestine Freedom or Apartheid confirms Demme’s mastery of the documentary form (STOP MAKING SENSE) and of the inherent decency and intelligence of this subject. Leisurely building to a moving climax, this is a forceful reminder (along with Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore) that America can still produce leaders of integrity and intelligence even if we do not always agree with all of their positions. One of the year’s best documentaries in a year of terrific non-fiction films.

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