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The War Room

Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker

 
The War Room (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1993
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #602

The 1992 presidential election was a triumph not only for Bill Clinton but also for the new breed of strategists who guided him to the White House—and changed the face of politics in the process. For this thrilling, behind-closed-doors account of that campaign, renowned cinema verité filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker captured the brainstorming and bull sessions of Clinton’s crack team of consultants—especially James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who became media stars in their own right as they injected a savvy, youthful spirit and spontaneity into the process of campaigning. Fleet-footed and entertaining, The War Room is a vivid document of a political moment whose truths (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) still ring in our ears.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by directors Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Return of the War Room, a 2008 documentary by Hegedus and Pennebaker in which advisers James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala, and others reflect on the effect that the Clinton war room had on the way campaigns are run
  • New pieces in which the filmmakers discuss the difficulties of shooting in the campaign’s fast-paced environment
  • Panel discussion hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation, featuring Carville, Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, journalist Ron Brownstein, and surprise guest Bill Clinton
  • Interview with strategist Stanley Greenberg on the evolution of polling
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by writer Louis Menand

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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The War Room: Being There

By Louis Menand March 20, 2012

D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s vivid political documentary has a rich lineage of thrilling works of Direct Cinema. Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: The War Room

By Issa Clubb March 30, 2012


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Film Essays

Currentthumb_1365_258_thumbnail

The War Room: Being There

By Louis Menand March 20, 2012

D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’s vivid political documentary has a rich lineage of thrilling works of Direct Cinema. Read more »


Three Reasons