The Candidate is an accomplished and clever satire about a Democrat who runs for Senate in a rigged election. Although he already knows that he isn't supposed to win and is not favored by anyone, Bill McKay (Redford, in one of his finest performances) runs anyway to promote his liberal message to the people. (cont.)
35mm. A "critique of pure reason", using the "direct cinema"s realistic style. It's not about doing "in the way of," but adopting the same techniques of footage to tell in a realistic way, in a non-fake style. Such an estimable premise is also limitative of the film's scope. Redford is a far-reaching actor, the model (not Bressonian, but also) of the (mythical, presumed) face that the true democrat should have.
Anyone fooled by charlatan Obama should watch this film. Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is young (for a political candidate), charming, handsome and a Democrat. Bill says what he believes, gives straight answers--before he is corrupted by the political monster. A great dramatic satire about a hero becoming the very thing he despises. Peter Boyle is superb playing against type as campaign guru Marvin Lucas. Masterpiece!
Jeremy Larner in expert form as he transcribes the times' tides with the help of Ritchie and company. They package in detail the social and political ills that have taken root, continuing to under- and overwhelm the masses; unto the individual where one is left wondering, as Redford's McKay does, "what do we do now?"
I adored this film. Robert Redford takes the young, naive, idealistic politician to new levels of sincerity and depth. Though it was made in 1972, it goes to show the political landscape in America hasn't changed at all, only the people. Highly recommended for the well written screenplay and the wonderful performances.
The greatest political film ever, and Redford's alltime greatest role as "the better way", Bill McKay (who bears striking similarities to Bill Clinton, 20 years before he entered the real political scene). Don Porter gives what should have been an Oscar nominated supporting performance as the charismatic grandfatherly right wing Republican incumbent who Bill must beat, Crocker Jarman. A+ classic film masterpiece!