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Bush's Brain

New York Premiere

USA | 81 MINUTES | English |


Bush's Brain is sure to be one of the most explosive documentaries about American politics in a decade. Based on the book of the same title by Wayne Kramer and James C. Moore, Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob turn a critical eye on White House political director Karl Rove and his relationship with President George W. Bush. The political marriage of these two men is one of the most unique in modern history. Rove's influence in the White House marks a transcendent moment in American politics: the rise of a consultant to a position of unprecedented power. The film traces Rove's roots in the College Republicans and in Texas politics, illuminating his behind-the-scenes machinations and his masterful way of driving perceptions. Interviews featured are from prominent politicians and journalists from around the country who have been touched by the Rove brand of politics. The filmmakers' suggestion that Rove's position in the White House is analogous to that of the Wizard of Oz, that he is this Administration's "man behind the curtain," is provocative and scary. In this pivotal election year, which has already been deemed the most contentious in recent memory, Bush's Brain is sure to generate buzz. Judge for yourself: Is Karl Rove the first co-president of the United States?