With his tragic passing, movie lovers have been tweeting, posting or just thinking about their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman films. Indeed there’s a very long list—from Boogie Nights to Capote—though his memorable performances were often in mediocre or worse films. That epic scene with John Slattery in Charlie Wilson’s War remains one of my personal favorites. Even: as Art Howe in Moneyball.
Yet few, I’ve noticed, even mention his most “political” film, The Party’s Over: An Uncensored Journey Into Democracy in America (originally titled Last Party). You may only vaguely recall it yourself. Cameras followed PSH—who says at the start that he’s never been much interested in politics—as he navigated the final months of the disputed 2000 election to make some sense of 2004.
So he visits the political conventions and chats with Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Noam Chomsky, Jesse Jackson, Bill Maher, Ben Harper and…Newt Gingrich. Barney Frank insists that street demos are a waste of time—look what the NRA and AARP have accomplished without them. It was directed by Rebecca Chaiklin and Donovan Leitch Jr.
Here’s the trailer, plus some bonus excerpts and commentary.
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