American Politics, Hollywood Style
Built on hype and hyperbole itself, Hollywood has always recognized the role of frauds and falsehoods in politics, which it has increasingly dramatized on screen in movies that stubbornly resist giving politicians the adulation they desire. In this course, we’ll watch six films from a variety of genres and eras—from comedies such as The Great McGinty to the roman à clef All the King’s Men, from cynical satires such as Bob Roberts to topical dramas like The Best Man. We will examine how the film industry’s view of our country’s politics has gone from wry amusement to fearful concern, and how films have coolly predicted some of the problems that we’re wrestling with today.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with classic movies that feature politics
- An understanding of Hollywood’s depiction of political events and politicians
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Film buffs