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iW's Online Video of the Day: iW Critic Eric Kohn Talks Sarah Palin Doc "Undefeated" to BBC

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire July 15, 2011 at 4:56AM

Stephen K. Bannon's pro-Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," which is being released in ten cities this weekend to unanimous negative reviews from the "liberal media," is a hot topic these days in the sense that those who love Sarah Palin won't stop talking about it, and those who can't stand her won't stop talking about how they're trying to avoid it.
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Stephen K. Bannon's pro-Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," which is being released in ten cities this weekend to unanimous negative reviews from the "liberal media," is a hot topic these days in the sense that those who love Sarah Palin won't stop talking about it, and those who can't stand her won't stop talking about how they're trying to avoid it.

The BBC spoke to Bannon this week about his feature-length political ad, and they also asked indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn and filmmaker Errol Morris for their thoughts on the evolution of documentary film.

Kohn recognized in his review of the documentary that the film does have an audience for whom it will work: "Compared to the combative style of discourse popularized by Fox News, Bannon takes one side and sticks with it. He’s even, in his own lopsided way, an artful storyteller. “The Undefeated” adopts a chapter-based structure that moves swiftly through its initial hour or so, if an audience were to take its glowing portrait as gospel."

Our favorite part of this particular video is when the reporter asks Bannon why his film doesn't reference any of Palin's flaws or weaknesses, and he responds by saying that there's only so much you can show in a two-hour film, which is pretty ironic, considering that every review we've read makes some reference to the film's propagandist repetition over the course of its two-hour running time.

Check out the video here. Kohn is the guy with glasses who appears about halfway through the clip.