37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign that Changed it All

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Looking back a half-century to the 1964 White House contest between President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Barry Goldwater reveals a critical, formative moment that reshaped the American political landscape. Polarized by very different personalities and ideologies, LBJ and Goldwater attacked one another—and in the process opened the door to the era of highly negative advertising campaigns for elections. Interviews with historians and participants in the campaign illuminate how both candidates pushed their parties to the polar opposite ends of the political spectrum, planting the seeds for today’s hyper-partisan politics that contribute to gridlock in Washington and throughout the nation. Discussion with Barry Goldwater, Jr., Hubert H. “Skip” Humphrey III, and Professor Larry J. Sabato (U.Va.)

Supported by U.Va. Center for Politics and WHTJ PBS Community Ideas Station


Saturday, November 8


5:00 PM


UVA : Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Paul Roberts

Runtime: 60 min

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2014

Country: USA

Featuring: Richard Goodwin, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Barry Goldwater, Jr., Larry J. Sabato, Robert Mann, Monique Corzilius