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George H.W. Bush doc to debut on HBO

The 41st U.S. president (pictured) is to be the subject of the upcoming Jeffrey Roth documentary, 41, airing on HBO in the States on June 14.
April 27, 2012

The 41st U.S. president (pictured) is to be the subject of the upcoming Jeffrey Roth documentary, 41, airing on HBO in the States on June 14.

Billed as the first doc to tell George Herbert Walker Bush’s story in his own words, 41 is set inside Bush’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine and presidential library in Texas, where the former president reflects on the highs and lows of his life.

The doc was filmed over a 17-month period, and was written and directed by Roth, and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, who was himself the subject of a recent HBO documentary, His Way.

In interviews, Bush tells anecdotes about his childhood, family, service in World War Two and his political career, factoring in his roles as director of the CIA and vice president of the U.S. during the Ronald Reagan administration, as well as his term as president.

HBO will repeat the doc on other dates, and HBO2 will feature 41 on June 20.

Bush Sr. agreed to participate in the documentary after meeting Roth and seeing his first film, The Wonder of It All, a doc on the Apollo moon walkers. 41 is Roth’s second documentary film.

“I am so proud to be a friend of George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush,” said Weintraub. “And so proud that our friendship includes this wonderful film about two wonderful people.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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