On Screen, Bill's Better Self

Hollywood's would-be president

As William Jefferson Clinton’s presidency draws to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about William Wilson.

Wilson, a creation of Edgar Allan Poe, is a cad pursued down the years and over European borders by his virtuous doppelgänger. To be plagued by a normal doppelgänger-a supernatural humanoid who looks exactly like you, assumes your name, and wants to replace you-must be annoying enough, but a virtuous doppelgänger! who wants...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.