Hollywood Goes to Washington American Politics on Screen

ISBN-10: 186189368X
ISBN-13: 9781861893680
Edition: 2008
Authors: Michael Coyne
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 9/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Fantasy and politics are familiar dancing partners that rarely separate, even in the face of post–Election Day realities. But Hollywood has a tradition of punching holes in the fairy tales of electoral promises with films that meditate on what could have been and should have been. WithHollywood Goes to Washington,Michael Coyne investigates how the American political film unravels the labyrinthine entanglements of politics and the psyche of the American electorate in ordernbsp;to reveal brutal truths about the state of our democracy. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; From conspiracy dramas such asThe Manchurian Candidateto satires likeWag the Dog,nbsp;Hollywood Goes to Washingtonargues that political films in American cinema have long reflected the issues and tensions roiling within American society. Coyne elucidates the mythology, iconography, and ideology embedded in both classic and lesser-known films—includingGabriel Over the White House,Silver City,Advise and Consent, andThe Siege—and examines the cinematic portrayals of presidents in the White House, the everyman American citizen, and the nebulous enemies who threaten American democracy. The author provocatively contends that whether addressing the threat of domestic fascism inCitizen Kaneor the disillusionment of Vietnam and paranoia of the post-Watergate era inExecutive Action, the American political film stands as an important cultural bellwether and democratic force—one that is more vital than ever in the face of decreasing civil liberties in the present-day United States. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Compelling and wholly original,Hollywood Goes to Washingtonexposes the political power of the silver screen and its ramifications for contemporary American culture. nbsp;

Introduction: Once Upon a Nation: The Ideology of American Political Films
American Politics, American Movies: Movie America, Movie History
Hail to the Chiefs: White House and Silver Screen
Modern Presidential Parables: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Beyond
Country Boys and City Slickers
The 'Brief, Shining Moment': Political Movies in the American 'Camelot'
Enemies Within: White Hoods, Red Scares, Black Lists
Conspiracy Central
Conclusion: Twilight's Last Gleaming?
References
Select Bibliography
Filmography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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