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Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

2018, Alexis Bloom, USA, 108 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 4th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 4th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 5th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 6th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 7th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 8th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 9th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 10th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Fleet, lucid, and very watchable."--David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"There are so many great moments...This is the acid test for a good journalistic documentary: No matter how far back it reaches, DIVIDE AND CONQUER always feels as if it’s in the present tense."--David Edelstein, Vulture

Like it or not, Roger Ailes was probably the most important figure in shaping the
American political climate of the last fifty years. This vivid documentary portrait traces a
rise-and-fall arc worthy of classical tragedy, with hubris to spare, beginning with Ailes's
upbringing in an idealized Ohio small town ("ruined" by the liberals). Seizing upon the
rapidly dissolving line between television and politics like no one else, Ailes
masterminded the elections of Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush. As the chief
architect of Fox News, built on a policy of "riling up the crazies," he paved the way for
our current cheeto-in-chief. A counter-narrative emerges, as female former employees
testify to the history of sexual predation ("If you want to play with the big boys, you've
got to lay with the big boys") that brought about his dramatic downfall, swiftly followed
by his death in 2017, although, as the final images of Donald Trump make clear, the
legacy of Roger Ailes is still very much with us. DCP digital. (MR)

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