Reagan

Documentary | USA 2011 | 103' | OV

Seven years after his death, Ronald Reagan’s mighty shadow still lingers over US politics. From Barack Obama to the reactionary Tea Party movement – everyone keeps invoking the 40th President of the United States, seeking to benefit from his unbroken popularity throughout the country. Commemorating Reagan’s 100th birthday, Eugene Jarecki has made a fascinating documentary that runs the myth through a reality check. As it turns out, his greatest fans, of all people, partake in the gross misrepresentation of his policies. Reagan, the tax cutter? In six of his eight years in office, the tax burden was increased. Reagan, the anti-immigration hardliner? 2.6 million illegal immigrants were amnestied by him. Reagan, the advocate of lean government? He added more to the US budget deficit than any of his predecessors. Jarecki (FREAKONOMICS) not only exposes the contradictions between Reagan’s public image and his actual policies, but also explores the twists and turns in the man’s life.

In co-operation with ZDF

Director
Eugene Jarecki
Script
Eugene Jarecki
Photography
Étienne Sauret
Editor
Simon Barker
Sound
Eric Di Stefano, Christopher Koch, Randy Matuszewski
Music
Robert Miller
Production Design
Joe Posner
Producers
Kathleen Fournier, Eugene Jarecki
Executive Producers
Nick Fraser, Sheila Nevins
Commissioning Editor ZDF
Martin Pieper, Milka Pavlicevic
Production
Charlotte Street Films, BBC, HBO, VPRO, Arte

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Selected filmography Eugene Jarecki

THE OPPONENT (2000), THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER (2002), WHY WE FIGHT (2005), FREAKONOMICS (2010)