Hollywood Goes To Washington

Built on hype and hyperbole itself, Hollywood has long had a fascination with American politicians, and increasingly dramatized their stories on screen. Washington, meanwhile, has recently returned the fascination, using Hollywood's techniques of image and persona to create campaigns and, sometimes, cults. We’ll look at six films from a variety of genres and eras – from the docudrama All The President’s Men to the cynical satire Bulworth , from topical dramas like The Candidate to classics like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington among others--to see how the film industry’s view of our country’s politics has gone from wry amusement to fearful concern, and coolly predicted some of the problems we are still wrestling with today. You will watch the films on your own and then meet online for lively and informative discussions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with classic movies that feature politics
  • An understanding of Hollywood’s depiction of political events and politicians

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • Film buffs
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