By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

2009

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IMDb Rating 6.0

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Reviewed by dromasca 5

The HBO documentary was broadcast here one day after its US premiere and one year after Election Day which brought Obama to the White House. There was certainly inspiration and and an amount of risk taken by HBO to put a whole team to follow Obama&#39;s campaign starting with 2006, as his election was not really in the cards from the start. This is maybe one of the reasons for which I expected more from this documentary than I really received.<br/><br/>We do see the team since it&#39;s start, and actually we see more of the team then of Obama himself. We are introduced to some of the key participants in the campaign, all true believers, all deeply involved not only at the political and professional but also at the personal level. We see the crowds gathering, especially on the Democratic side, and on Obama&#39;s side within the Democratic Party - and the film does not try to keep any balance on reporting and does not show too many articulated opinions of the other camps. The arguments are most of the time emotional rather than rational, rhetoric rather than analytical. It&#39;s the story of the campaign, well told and well filmed, in chronological order - it happens under our eyes, and it is assumed that we know why it happened. Maybe in the future the documentary value of this story telling will increase, right now it&#39;s too new for us to have forgotten it already. <br/><br/>There are no big surprises, no real scoops for people trying to learn more about the secret of Obama&#39;s victory. I expected some more information about the well conducted campaign on the Internet, or about the efficient money raising which was a key part in the success - there is no mention about this. There is also almost no mention about the international dimension of the campaign, or how the big policies issues were answered by Obama and what differentiated it relative to the other candidates on the Democratic and Republican side, leading eventually to victory. The film addresses more the emotional side, whoever looks for extended information or deep analysis will not find it here. The best moments are those in which we get a glimpse of the human dimension of the Obama family, or of the people who were involved in the campaign. For some viewers this may be enough, for other not. Depending upon the expectations &#39;By the People&#39; can be satisfying or disappointing to the same extent.

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Reviewed by lisa-629 10

Whether you like Obama or not, this film is an excellent documentary following a successful campaign. Axelrod and Gibbs played a crucial role in Obama&#39;s election, and this film highlights the brilliant ideas they came up with along the way. The movie doesn&#39;t play favorites, and doesn&#39;t appear biased against McCain and towards Obama, it is simply a film showing how hard it is and the path this President took to achieve his goals and aspirations. I would recommend this film for anyone interested in the behind the scenes work behind Obama&#39;s campaign. As far as history goes, Obama&#39;s election is a milestone, whether you like it or not. That being said, his steps to the highest office are wonderfully culminated in this documentary.

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Reviewed by OutsideHollywoodLand 2

By the People: the Election of Barack Obama, released in 2009 shortly before the presidential election, falls somewhere in between political propaganda and an amateur film diary. Directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, produced by actor Edward Norton, this HBO documentary presents a one-dimensional view of the 2008 presidential election between Barack Obama and John McCain.<br/><br/>Given that 98% of Hollywood is liberal, it was inevitable that a movie about Barack Obama would be made?but couldn&#39;t By the People at least be entertaining or enlightening? Apparently, Rice, Sams, and Norton, et al, didn&#39;t think so. With unlimited funds and talent at their disposal, People boils down to a tunnel view of the campaign, and its supporting cast of star-struck campaign workers, mainstream media, and huge crowds of enthusiasts.<br/><br/>At the forefront is Obama, who appears to play to the camera like a star-struck kid, enjoying every moment of the branding that is Mr. O. The &quot;behind-the-scenes&quot; glimpses are just as carefully staged as Candidate Obama&#39;s many appearances, staff conferences, and his off-hand comments such as, &quot;I love elections, they&#39;re so much fun!&quot;. No – really! The film lacks any narrative style – and any narration, for that matter - and the audience is left to plow through almost two hours of wall-to-wall film footage of this sticky-sweet homage to the perfect Liberal candidate. Without showing the reality that goes into every political campaign or exploring Obama&#39;s crafted image, By the People comes off as a back-handed tribute to Leni Riefenstahl&#39;s Triumph of the Will&#39;s cinematic design.<br/><br/>A year later and OHLand can&#39;t help but wonder if Rice, Sams, and Norton, now well-tempered by time and stark reality, would package their product a bit differently.<br/><br/>Ah, being liberals, probably not.

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