[Marxism] Al Franken: God Spoke

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 29 12:46:10 MDT 2006

Al Franken would seem to be a natural subject for the patented D.A. 
Pennebaker cinéma vérité style. Ever since 1967, when Pennebaker made 
“Don’t Look Back,” a profile of a repellent Bob Dylan, he has focused his 
merciless gaze on a range of characters who epitomize the American 
obsession with wealth, celebrity and/or political ambition. He is the 
executive producer of “Al Franken: God Spoke,” a soon-to-be-released 
documentary that covers the period during which the comedian goes on a book 
tour for “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them”, launches his Air America 
radio show and announces his intention to run for the US Senate from the 
state of Minnesota.

The film is co-directed by Pennebaker’s frequent collaborators Chris 
Hegedus (his wife) Nick Doob. Although it is safe to assume that all three 
were sympathetic to Franken, there is something just a bit unsettling about 
the portrait they draw. This is of course testimony to their artistic 

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2006/08/29/al-franken-god-spoke/



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