in about 100 words or less
US 50m, Colour
Director: Jeremy Konner; Cast: Johnny Depp, Michaela Watkins, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, Andy Richter, Jacob Tremblay, Ron Howard
A brilliant mockumentary, “The Art of the Deal” is heralded as a lost television “movie of the week” that was based on Donald Trump’s 1987 best-selling autobiography of the same name. Found on a VHS tape “bought” at a garage sale by Ron Howard, this short film is a parody of Trump who is masterfully imitated by Johnny Depp. Presented in chapters as “life lessons” in business, and largely based on Trump’s actual life, this is a film that doesn’t stray too far from the truth, and highlights the absurdity of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign (Klaus Ming August 2016).