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UPDATED: 17:19, September 07, 2006
Why is the film "Death of a President" making a stir?
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A fictitious documentary-style film about the death of US President George W. Bush, "Death of A President", is set to screen on Channel Four's satellite station More4 in Britain during October, following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Four US presidents have been assassinated whilst in office and there have been two other unsuccessful attempts.

It is purely coincidental that the last figure of their each election years is zero: President-elect Benjamin Harrison (1840), Abraham Lincoln (1860), James Garfield (1880), Warren Harding (1920), John F. Kennedy (1960), and Ronald Reagan (1980). George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, allowing a clear historical association to be made. Perhaps this was the inspiration for "Death of a President".

It is arguable that Britain has a close cultural relationship with the USA- the British are often heavily critical of the USA.

The BBC played two documentary film in the 1990s; "America on Trial" and "Central Intelligence Agency". The films are very detailed and every scene is critical of the USA.

"Death of a President" makes it clear that "although the British Prime Minister is regarded as an ally of the president of the USA, the British abhor Yankees," said British media reviewing the film.

The killer in the story is Syrian-born and the film is set in the post-Iraqi war chaos, according to British newspapers.

The material chosen is very realistic and will have a strong impact on audiences.

The Daily Mirror in Britain said that the film pushes the boundaries of art and provides "larruping food" for thought. Although the film will enrage George W. Bush's supporters, the questions it proposes cannot be avoided. How far will the war on terror spread? How long will the killings last? What is the future of the war?

George W. Bush recently defined this war as a war against Islamic fascism. He also unwittingly referred to the Crusades, concerning many people.

Religion and beliefs are rather sensitive and inviolable in human society. Religion would undoubtedly expand and prolong these bloody wars.

"Death of a President" is a sensation, even before its release date, because it touches on subjects close to people's hearts.

By People's Daily Online


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