Screening Room: ’11/8/16′

Remember Election Day last year? Feel like living through it all again? If you have the constitution for it, check out the new documentary 11/8/16, opening this week in limited release.

My review is at Film Journal International:

The disputatious and fractured omnibus documentary 11/8/16 nibbles at too many stories in too short a time to make the one great American tale it seems to be aiming for. There are glimmers of larger import here, various signifiers of this or that impulse from a certain slice of the electorate. But much like the news media in its breathless coverage of the 2016 presidential election, its onslaught of 16 points of view creates more of a cacophony than anything else…

Here’s the trailer:

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Quote of the Day: Clinton on Hemingway

In Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight in Florida after winning most of the primaries that mattered on Super Tuesday, she aimed for a tone of righteous struggle:

We have to make strong the broken places, restitch the bonds of trust and respect across our country.

farewelltoarmsThat echo you’re hearing, intentional or not, is Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms:

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

It’s usually quoted these days to signify struggling through adversity and dark times. Hemingway meant it more bleakly, of course:

But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.

Hemingway was right, when all is said and done. But here’s hoping that Clinton’s take wins the day.