With Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air, writer-director Jason Reitman displayed a rare gift for weaving charged political and social themes into intelligent and entertaining comedy-dramas. His latest takes on the 1988 tabloid scandal that derailed Gary Hart’s presidential campaign. Hugh Jackman is remarkably convincing as the senator who is perhaps too interested in ideas and policies to succeed in a changing media culture. Vera Farmiga is quietly heartbreaking as his wife; J.K. Simmons plays the campaign manager unable to persuade the candidate to turn himself into a TV commodity. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race—events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.
Telluride at Dartmouth is a unique opportunity for the Dartmouth community to get a sneak peek at the latest international films—directly from Colorado for special advance screenings at the Hopkins Center.