Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world—icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan. This HBO documentary, which premiered this year on Reagan's 100th birthday, traces the 40th president's meteoric rise from B-movie actor to General Electric salesman to California Governor to the most powerful office in the world, examining how an impassioned anti-Communism fueled an unexpected but seismic political career, one whose reverberations still shape Americanlife. It also explores how a self-proclaimed group of modern-day Reagan acolytes have come to repackage his legacy, seeking to turn a deeply textured human being into an oversimplified marble icon for their own contemporary political purposes. Who is selling Ronald Reagan and to what end?
REAGAN was premiered by HBO to commemorate Reagan's 100th Birthday and was screened by the Pentagon on Presidents' Day 2011 to 1 million service—people in 170 countries.
“AN UNBLINKERED BUT RESPECTFUL LOOK at the man as well as a skillful, imaginative retelling of his long and improbable career.”—Alessandra Stanley, NY Times
“Jarecki's REAGAN is a compellingly watchable and appropriately conflicted portrait...artfully nuanced and intellectually curious.”—Hank Stuever, Washington Post
“The strengths and weaknesses of the late 'Great Communicator' are well articulated in REAGAN, Eugene Jarecki's BRILLIANTLY SHAPED DOCU-PORTRAIT of the 40th U.S. president.”—Rob Nelson, Variety
“Eugene Jarecki's REAGAN makes a nice change from the dense fog of hagiography... IT'S A GOOD, SMART FILM, very much worth watching even if (like me) you are something of a Reaganologist.”—Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
Official Selection—SUNDANCE Film Festival