Sunday, August 19, 2007

More Movies You Might Not Know

I'm adding two documentaries to the Movies You Might Not Know list.

First is "The Kid Stays In The Picture," a cleverly made look at the career of movie mogul Robert Evans, from his start as an actor to his dozen years running Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw the production of "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "The Odd Couple," "Rosemary's Baby," and "Love Story." Evans wrote his autobiography, and the audio-book version was so popular in Hollywood that it was turned into this documentary. It's much more than another episode of "Biography" -- it's an insider's story told in riveting first-person fashion. The stories about Mia Farrow and Ali McGraw alone are worth it.

Second is "The War Room," the behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, as run by James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala, Dee Dee Myers, and others. They were the ones who led the Clintons through the minefield of the electoral process, and became household names in the process. It's one of the best views of a political machine in operation, with unprecedented access to the personalities and decisions that put The Man From Hope into the White House, for better or for worse.

As always, if you have an entry worthy of the Movies You Might Not Know list, let me know.