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Compared To What: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank 2014
Description: An intimate portrait of recently retired Congressman Barney Frank, one of our most well-known and least understood political figures, this documentary alternates between deeply private moments and the inner workings of our political process. Rare archival material and interviews reveal the emotional pain and harmful results of a closeted life, the relief of coming out and the triumph of love through the Congressman's historic same-sex marriage. Frank's adventure is our country's journey, a classic American storyline about a dedicated public servant who never loses hope.
Released: 15 Oct 2015 Director: Sheila Canavan, Michael Chandler Writers: N/A Actors: Spencer Bachus, Mike Barnicle, Neil Barofsky, Dustin Lance Black Genres: Documentary, Biography, Drama
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Compared To What: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank Reviews:

I had heard this was a nice biopic, but happened to stumble on it by accident while I was channel-surfing one night. I couldn't turn it off. Very funny and informative. Highly recommended. A brilliant boy and a nice debater with quick-acerbic wit, Barney Frank was everytime the smartest and (most times also the most controversial) person in the room. Of course, no matter who we are, if we remain long enough in a career we are bound to create some decisions that have negative consequences. As the movie points out, Barney Frank by his own admission made a few, but in this candid documentary we see that his contributions and political achievements far outweigh those missteps and Frank's legacy would be the envy of most life-long politicians. Our nation has become so divided in the last decade that the ability to gauge a biographical piece objectively has become almost non-existent. Unfortunately I'm guessing a majority of folks will probably view this movie after he's gone-- maybe as a historical happy/sad tribute to a consummate politician who fought hard, quick and unabashedly for each single thing he believed in. I give it eight stars out of ten and honestly trust this man's storyline will inspire and embolden many various lives and peoples-- whether it's the child you see who comes home crying after a crappy day of getting bullied at school -- or a simple, hard-working adult who's hoping to search that tricky path to success,recognition and self-esteem without compromising his or her principles.


Barney Frank is an interesting person to do a movie about. He was voted the most brilliant member of Congress by his peers and many would also have considered him one of the most cantankerous. This movie captures all the sides of Barney and showcases his rapier wit and sense of humor which made him so well liked and sometimes feared.It is the storyline of a boy who hid his homosexuality so that he should participate in public life to do nice for people. He grew up in the 50s a very various time in the United States for gay people. He spent many years fearing that his being gay would end his career and living only one side of his life - the political side- giving up the personal. But even before he finally came out he fought for the rights of the LGBT community and is a character to so many who understand without Barney Frank the LGBT community wouldn't be where we are today.It is the storyline of a successful politician who eventually succeeds in finding love and feeling finished as a human being. Above all Barney Frank comes off as very human. His husband Jim tells in the movie that he fell in love with Barney despite the public persona and laughs that he ended up in the Capitol Hill wives club.I would suggest this movie to anyone who wants to understand Washington, DC a tiny better and to see that there was a time before 1990 that the Congress now did work.



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