In my humble view, one of the best pictures ever made about the mechanics of politics behind closed doors.
All the fancy frills of the Elections in the United States fade away, when one watches this movie about two rivals running for office.
It is like watching "Rocky Balboa", but without gloves, no ring and above all, no rules,... or maybe yes?
The basic story of an honest and straight forward politician who wants to run for his own principles against a pitiless, ruthless and highly opportunistic adversary, who spares no tricks of infamy, in order to get where he wants.
It is about how it is, and not how it should or could be.
It is a very disturbing movie, like a very good thriller, only that there are no dead people (at least no corpses), and the harm done outweighs far more
the outreaches of a single bullet.
It is harm done to the Nation, to the People, to all of us.
Those who know this movie, also know what I am talking about. For those who have never watched it, I can only recommend it, in order to understand how politics work, not just in the United States, but everywhere.
It is also interesting to see how ruthlessness can sometimes be of more value than good intents and honesty.
It is not just about politics and politicians, it is about us, the human race.
Indeed, "The Best Man" is a lesson for us all, to get an insight in what and who we really are.
Forget the Election Parties and embark in this tense and intense social study of "Homo Politicus".
With great names like Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson in the starring roles, you really cannot get disappointed...