Friday, September 01, 2006

Bush on film

Spike Lee couldn't resist dissing George Bush while promoting When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts at the Venice Film Festival. And that, of course, should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched Lee's extraordinary documentary, which takes several well-aimed potshots at the Bush Administration's failure to provide speedy and sufficient aid to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Even so, it's questionable whether even the incorrigibly feisty Lee would make anything so incendiary as Death of a President, an audacious faux documentary set to screen this month at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie, according to the Toronto Sun, is fashioned as a future look back at the repercussions that follow President Bush's assassination in October 2007. Predictably, conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh already are attacking the film (without, it should be noted, bothering to actually see it).

On the other hand, another Bush-related project is receiving glowing advance praise from Limbaugh.

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