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ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

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"FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). Essential viewing. A bittersweet, tremendously
thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and
permanently altered America's political landscape for the better. His was indeed One
Bright Shining Moment, and this is One Bright Shining Documentary."
--- Todd David Schwartz, CBS

"FOUR STARS (Highest Rating). Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run
for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.”
--- Christian Science Monitor

"Narrated with heat by Amy Goodman ... An elegy for decency and true democracy in
American politics...Its ferocity about the state of American politics could earn it
substantial numbers among doc, arthouse and politically progressive audiences...
Helmer-scribe Vittoria finds bookends everywhere -- the political rise of McGovern
running from "Tet to Nixon," his public life essentially spanning "Huey P. Long to Huey
P. Newton." It's an affectionate portrait of man once described by Robert F. Kennedy as
the most decent man in the Senate... Pic gains poignancy amid speculation about the the
kind of world that would have existed had he won.”
--- Variety

“Now a lively, long, intelligent documentary called “One Bright Shining Moment” helps
to explain why. Stephen Vittoria, the experienced director who made this film, braiding
a series of crisp interviews with McGovern (then and now) and his campaigners and
enthusiasts, provides a saddening clarification of McGovern's defeat. Especially sad
these days... His portrait in Vittoria's film is in a way painful: we feel very distanced
from him today. The title is not a misnomer.”
--- Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic

“Clearly, One Bright Shining Moment, besides being a vivifying, entertaining
documentary, it is a tool that can educate our young, and hopefully cure the “terrible
cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.”
--- New York Theatre Wire