The Reagan Show
RELEASE DATE: June 30
DIRECTORS: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez
In his farewell interview with David Brinkely in December of 1988, Ronald Reagan admitted, of the training he brought to the job, “There have been times in this office where I have wondered how you could do the job if you hadn’t been an actor.” Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez’s bold and witty documentary takes that notion and runs with it, using miles of archival footage and internal video (this was a VHS-age president, and his White House taped everything) to create a multi-media mosaic – less, even, about the Reagan presidency than about how it was presented (or, to put it more accurately, stage managed). Those looking for a traditional, chronological bio-doc will be sorely disappointed, but to hell with them, there are plenty of those. The Reagan Show does something much more interesting – and, frankly, timely.