By Sebastian DOGGART


Musical - Development 2010

The first movie about the 42nd US President and his wife is a hilarious musical

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Musical, Comedy, Documentary
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    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sebastian DOGGART
    • Writer(s)
    • Sebastian DOGGART
    • Producer(s)
    • Christina Polios ASRPOPOTAMITI (Institute of Art En Astei), Matthew WOOLF, Sebastian DOGGART (American Princess LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • The first motion picture to explore our enigmatic 42nd President -- and his equally controversial wife -- takes the exhilarating format of a musical docu-tragi-comedy. There have been bio-pics of other presidents (John Adams, JFK, Frost/Nixon, Nixon, W) but none so far has portrayed the most loved and derided modern American leader.
      The film opens with William Jefferson Clinton on the day of his death, back in his birthplace of Hope, Arksansas, remembering a turning point in his life… 1996: He was President, and had fallen for a sensual, young intern, Monica. He is genuinely considering resigning his presidency, leaving Hillary, and retiring with his new love to East Timor, a state whose creation he helped to bring about. He sings of his romantic and sexual longings and his urge to make a difference as President – a Desire vs Duty conflict that has defined his life.
      Through a series of flashbacks, we meet the Fellini-esque menagerie of characters that have crafted this amazing personality: his abusive stepfather Roger Clinton; his angelic mother Virginia, a nurse who taught him the power of loving his neighbor; John F. Kennedy, whom he met aged 17 and inspired him into public service; and of course, Hillary Rodham, whom he met at Yale, and married in a hippie-ish, ecstatically happy wedding when he was 29.
      We meet those who surrounded him during his absurd years in the White House – his kingmaker James Carville, his principal advisor George Stephanopolous, his bullyboy attorney Vernon Jordan, and his chief antagonizer Kenneth Starr. And finally we meet those who inhabit his dreams: his father William Jefferson Blythe who died in a car accident three months before he was born, but who, like Nathaniel Fisher in Six Feet Under, continues to visit and counsel him; one of his heroes, Elvis Presley; King Edward who urges him to follow his example of abdicating his throne in favor of Love; and his own Baptist incarnation of Jesus Christ.
      The film takes the format of a musical docu-tragi-comedy. Think Dr Strangelove meets Primary Colors meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the second of its kind ever made, after Courting Condi, the award winning portrait of Condoleezza Rice, also made by the team of Sebastian Doggart (director/writer/producer), Carol Connors (Academy award songwriter, Rocky, The Rescuers), Matthew Woolf (director of Photography), Sasha Gordon (musical director), and Robert Morris (VFX Supervisor).
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2009
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