Yesterday afternoon we attended a special pre-screening of In the Face of Evil, a new movie written and directed by Stephen Bannon and based on Peter Schweizer’s book Reagan’s War. Tagged “Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid,” the film chronicles the century-old battle against what it presents a single beast: the pursuit of power for it’s own sake.
While President Reagan’s triumph over Communism is a central part of the film, Bannon insists that the film is about today; he has appended a controversial coda that portrays the battle against what he calls “Islamic fascism” as a continuation of Reagan’s struggle. Bannon hopes Senate candidates will take the “Reagan challenge” and show his film side-by-side with Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Bannon has dug up some amazing original footage of Reagan that spans some forty years. Additionally, clips of a 1964 Johnson for President ad and an exchange in which President Ford denies that Russia dominates Eastern Europe to an incredulous Max Frankel are worth the price of admission on their own.In the Face of Evil is scheduled for theatrical release beginning October 1. See Art Moore’s review.