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James Hibberd
January 12, 2012 AT 07:22 PM EST

One of the most powerful vice presidents in history, Dick Cheney, will be the subject of a new documentary on Showtime. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler will chronicle Cheney in a “measured, layered profile” of the former vice president. The film, The World According to Dick Cheney, will analyze Cheney’s political career from his days as Gerald Ford’s chief-of-staff to his eight-year run as George W. Bush’s veep.

“Like it or not, we live in a world defined by the domestic and international vision of Dick Cheney — perhaps the single-most influential non-presidential figure in American political history,” Cutler said. “But for all the debate that his re-emergence in the public eye has caused, the fact is that Cheney the man remains an enigma, and the manner in which he utilized his power and experience to become such a dominating political figure, have been left largely unexplored. This documentary will shine a balanced and multidimensional light on this truly polarizing figure.”

Cutler is the Emmy-winning documentarian behind the popular political film The War Room, which chronicled Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign for president.

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