Death of a Nation, (2018) A new documentary by Dinesh D’Souza.
I started to worry right at the beginning when the movie opened with a lengthy segment of black and white archive footage of a WWII bombing mission over Europe. Never drop a bomb in your opening scene unless the subject of the documentary is in fact about bombing.
Death of reputation, D’Souzas reputation as a filmmaker I’m afraid. I’ve seen his earlier work and admired it, this was painful to sit through. Perhaps pulling it back and re-editing would help because there was no focus. And a half hour could have been easily cut by getting rid of the amateur, stock theatrics and the two pointless ‘musical’ interludes.
He doesn’t name current players and their actions for the most part, of George Soros (whom he did spend some time and those ‘amateur theatrics’ on) is it really significant that at 14 years old Soros helped inventory the property seized from Jewish victims of the Nazis?
D’Souza wastes what I would guess was fifteen minutes on White Supremacist Richard Spencer. Proving, I guess, that Spencer is a loon and that he is also not affiliated with Donald Trump. But why mention him at all let alone have a lengthy sit down interview and giving Spencer more screen time than he did to President Donald Trump or Barack Obama?
Too much time was spent on Germany and Italy during the rise of Mussolini and Hitler, all to hammer in D’Souzas point that the Democratic Party is more similar to the Nazis in methods and beliefs than the Republicans are.
And really, the worst Lincoln beard on an actor I’ve ever seen.
Five people in the theater including us. No publicity whatsoever might account for that. But if D’Souza is hoping for good word of mouth advertising, he can stop waiting.
One star and that is out of pity. Hillary Clinton could put together a better film to frame an innocent man than this effort.