George Bush Docu: Pleasant, Not Fresh

The Wash Post says: ‘Friendly in every sense of the word, HBO’s documentary “41” bills itself as an intimate look back at the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, who, in case you’ve spaced it, was U.S. president from 1989 to 1993. The film was produced by former United Artists CEO Jerry Weintraub (a Bush family friend) and directed by Jeffrey Roth with Bush’s full cooperation. Lots and lots of cooperation — 17 months of it, in fact. Here we see the kind of journalistic access granted by a source (Bush) with not much else to do and a fundamental belief in cheery hospitality. The result is a gentle, respectful and thorough biography that is 100 minutes of no news and no fresh insights.’

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