Jimmy Carter Man From Plains
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probably get bored.
||If she likes
||Oh, come on,
although President Carter does talk about birth control.
||Some news footage.
||Here and there.
explaining how President Bush would grant him travel to
||"What always hurts
you is the editing," talking about an interview he did for
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got language
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necessary, TV speakers do just fine.
||I'm hoping to go
back to listen to Jonathan Demme's commentary track, but
Letís get right to it. I will admit that Iím not usually
one to like documentaries, and like most I found "Jimmy
Carter Man From Plains" a tad too long, but it was a
fascinating look at a President, sometimes known most for
peanuts and not peace, on a book tour where it seems a lot
of people condemn him without even reading the book, or at
least even the title.
Man From Plains
A Movie/DVD Review
The book is "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," and when
President Jimmy Carter wrote the book, from his comments,
part of his being inspired to write it was based on trying
to open a dialogue about something that many have ignored,
and leaders have done nothing to work with those involved to
solve, namely the fighting between the Palestinians and
Israelis. I havenít read the book, Iíll openly admit that,
but from my take on it from the documentary, it seems to
look at Israelís building a wall to keep suicide bombers
out, and how that probably isnít the best solution to
long-lasting peace in the region.
For the documentary Jonathan Demme was allowed to film
President Carter on his promotional book tour, showing the
plusses and minuses of the controversy the book developed.
And as intriguing as it is seeing the controversy over the
book grow, for me, because Iím not normal, I actually found
it more fascinating as a look into the demands of a
high-level book tour. Between bookings on TV, bookings on
radio, the endless traveling, the work the
publicist/assistant does, and the ending frustration when
you are doing an interview with someone who obviously hasnít
read the book, tries to conduct the interview on hearsay,
and just wonít admit they havenít read the book so you could
have an open dialogue about the topic, sometimes the only
solace is going for a nice swim. The difference with this
book tour, though, is the fact that itís one for a former
President, creating easier traveling by police escort but
meaning the Secret Service are involved, reminding people in
line to get their book signed to keep their hands out of
The other thing I really liked about this DVD was the
look at President Carter just being a man on his farm, a man
helping to build houses, a man who just likes helping
people, and a man who just happened to be the President of
the United States. He relates to young and old, has the
tough skin to accept criticism, but is frustrated when
people donít seem to have all of the facts, or worse yet,
concentrate on the title of the book as "Peace Not
Apartheid," believing it is about Israel, skipping the word
The DVD has extra scenes (personally I think the movie
should have been trimmed about 15 minutes - throwing those
scenes into the bonus features), commentary with the
Director, Jonathan Demme, and some recording sessions for
the soundtrack, but for the most part the movie portion of
this DVD works on its own. It looks great, the music works
in transitions, and if you want a great look at what goes
into a book tour, especially when the book is controversial
and written by a former President, I recommend "Jimmy Carter
Man From Plains." Itís 4 stars out of 5.
And on a side note, with many Jonathan Demme pictures,
and this comment will make sense to only a few, I found
myself on the lookout just to see if somehow newsman,
bluesman Buzz Kilman would show up in a cameo. I really
expected him to pop up when President Carter was greeting
passengers on the airplane so unless I missed him, it looks
like Mr. Demme kept this movie a true documentary, maybe
keeping Buzz under wraps for his next film, "Dancing with
Shiva." Iíll have to wait and see.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!