Reel Politics: American Political Movies from Birth of a Nation to Platoon

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Blackwell, 1987 - Performing Arts - 244 pages
This book interprets the mutually influential relationship of political films and American culture. Surveying over two hundred films, Christensen identifies ways in which the genre has changed to reflect individual periods of history. In doing so, he builds the argument that even the most politically progressive of Hollywood's films are ultimately conservative, mirroring and reinforcing traditional American political values and maintaining the myths of American politics. Films examined include: "Birth of a Nation", "Intolerance", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Mr Smith Goes to Washington", "The Great Dictator", "Citizen Kane", "All the King's Men", "The Last Hurrah", "Dr. Strangelove", "Advise and Consent", "Patton", "The Candidate", "All the President's Men", and "Reds."

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Terry Christensen, Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Political Science Department at San Jose State University, teaches and writes on California state and local politics. A longtime political activist, Christensen has worked with a variety of community organizations and political campaigns and has served as a delegate to the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council. He was selected San Jose State University's Outstanding Professor for 1997a1998.

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