Reagan (2011)

This is a truly great documentary. It’s surprising that it is not better known. This could be because it doesn’t really cater either to the great communicator and iconoclast’s fans nor to his detractors. It is a straight, in-depth analysis of the life of this man, one of the symbols of the Twentieth Century, who is widely considered among the greatest American Presidents of all time.

Does he deserve that title? Well, yes and no. Watch the film to find out! Reagan is a difficult character to pin down. The ultra-Conservative Republican who started his career as an FDR union stalwart. The Christian fundamentalist who was on his second wife. The straight-talking cowboy hero who lied about his involvement in one of the mast dastardly and underhanded black ops ever – selling arms to America’s number one enemy Iran to fund the CIA’s 𝚍̶𝚛̶𝚞̶𝚐̶ ̶𝚍̶𝚎̶𝚊̶𝚕̶𝚜̶ support of freedom fighters in Nicaragua. This doco addresses all of these contradictions and more, with contributions from everyone involved including his children.

In the final analysis, Reagan was a symbolic hero and a huge figure in US history and folklore who inspired a lot of Americans to be hopeful for the future, perhaps with more razzle-dazzle and sleight-of-hand than actual substance, but he inspired them none the less.

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