Review of The War Room (1993)

Moving picture, 96 minutes

Seen in 2016.

The subject seems like it would be the ideal use of what Albert Maysles called “direct cinema” when it was invented in the 1960s, back when Pennebaker did his most celebrated work, but not much of general interest is actually shown here. The portraits of Stephanopoulos and Carville seem to take the upper hand over the idea of an ambiguous admixture of “issues” and PR. The money in politics is barely present. That said, Carville in particular is impressive in his fluency: This is especially clear in his improvised concession speech.

References here: Knock Down the House (2019).

moving picture non-fiction