Former US President Jimmy Carter A Movie Maniac?

By Susmita Bhattacharya | 1 year ago
Former US President Jimmy Carter A Movie Maniac?

You will be left astonished to learn that former American President Jimmy Carter was a movie addict and watched not less than 400 movies during his administrative term.

Undoubtedly President Ronald Reagan is known for his inclination towards movies but it’s quite normal as he belonged to the acting industry before he wore the shoes as the President of The United States. Even former president Bill Clinton was a renowned movie admirer and once in 1999 he had a prolonged conversation with Roger Ebert.


But a recent blog by Matt Novak revealed that Jimmy Carter invested considerable time in watching movies during his presidential tenure. The blogger commented in the post of Paleofuture that Mr. Carter had a wide taste in movies.

The post compiled the complete list that included every movie that Carter had watched at the White House or Camp David between January 1977 and January 1981. The list opens with “All The President’s Men” and ends with “Fool’s Parade”, which is an eminent crime drama. You can read the list here.

A casual calculation of statistics shows that the 39th President of the USA had spent 3% of his working hours to view movies. Novak issued the list after a research he did by going through a journal, available in the Government’s Presidential Library.

The list is quite incredible as it holds the films from assorted genres and time periods. There are films from Musical and Contemporary drama on the other hand films like “Alien” or “Magic” has the elements full of horror. Interestingly the movies like “Kramer Vs. Kramer” reveal that Jimmy had a preference in the movies with adult elements too.

Carter experienced everything he could, including war movies, like “Apocalypse Now”; titles that dealt with energy concerns, like “The China Syndrome”; and gross comedies, like “Animal House”. One of the standouts, however, is “Star Wars”.

It’s quite unique and surprising that the President had merged his practice of watching movies even while in crucial meetings with other delegates. Novak informed that Carter watched the first of George Lucas’ original trilogy with Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, on February 4, 1978, at Camp David. That highly confidential meeting was attributed to figure out strategies and intentions to maintain peace in the Middle East. This screening of “Star Wars” happened to be the most stand alone movie date as this took place mere months before Sadat and Israeli Prime Minster Menachem began historic steps towards by signing the Camp David Accords.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Carter’s favorite movie was “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, though other reports state that during a town hall event in 2004, Carter proclaimed his favorites to be “Casablanca” and “Fahrenheit 451”.

In February of 2013, The Week published an article saying the number of films that Jimmy watched was 480 films, according to White House records.

Carter held the Presidential prestige from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981.


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