Presidential film festival set for Oct. 30

Author: Julie Hail Flory


The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) will present a festival titled “All the President’s Films” from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday (Oct. 30) in the BrowningCinema of the University’s newperforming arts center.p. Ticket information is available at the cinema box office or by calling 574-631-2800. Discount admission is available for Notre Dame students, faculty and staff.p. The festival features the following films:

  • “Primary,” 11 a.m. – This one-hour documentary chronicles the travels of presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey along the 1960 campaign trail.p.
  • “The Best Man,” 12:30 p.m. – Gore Vidal’s adaptation of his 1960 play, this darkly satiric film stars Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson as political strategists who lock horns at a deadlocked political convention.p.
  • “The War Room,” 3 p.m. – A behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day activities of strategists George Stephanopoulos and James Carville’s work on President Clinton’s 1992 primary and presidential campaigns.p.
  • “Journeys With George,” 5 p.m. – This documentary highlights the 18-month video diary of a network news producer who traveled the campaign trail with President Bush.p.
  • “Primary Colors,” 7 p.m. – A fictionalized account of President Clinton’s 1992 candidacy, starring John Travolta as southern Gov. Jack Stanton on the road to the election.p.
  • “Wag the Dog,” 10 p.m. – Starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro, this film centers around the attempt of a presidential aide to divert attention from a White House scandal by manufacturing a fictitious war through the talents of a famed Hollywood producer.p. p. More information is available at

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