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How is the yankee political panorama represented in cinema? what's the dating among Hollywood and Washington? From Arnold Schwarzenegger's upward push to the Governorship of California via to the drama of the celebrity-fuelled 2008 Presidential election, Hollywood and politics have by no means been extra intimate. This completely up to date and revised new version maintains to examine the theoretical and conceptual courting of Hollywood to nationwide politics and how movie content material and feedback has aligned itself to political tradition and debate.Chronicling the evolution of yank political cinema from the Nineteen Thirties, this ebook explores the genre's symbiotic dating with the yank political tradition and historical past. via textual research of a number motion pictures and tv sequence, Scott offers a critique of present and previous advancements throughout numerous sub-genres, together with the bio-pic, the election movie and documentary. New for this version* research of the post-9/11 and Bush era's impression on

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Com/2005/12/26/spielbergdefends-munich-but-is-the-controversy-for-real/. 11. Daniel Franklin, Politics and Film: The Political Culture of Film in the United States (Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), p. 6. 12. ‘Editorial, Debating Politics at the Movies’, Cineaste, vol. 31, no. 2, Spring 2006, p. 4. 13. Terry Christensen and Peter J. Hass, p. 288. 14. Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, published in 1690, became the work that was to dominate American thinking in later generations. It took its influence from Hobbes’s Leviathan, published in 1651, and Harrington’s Commonwealth of Oceana in 1656.

Smith Goes to Washington became one of the great American films because it achieved what many other political movies of that and every subsequent era have admittedly struggled with; it meant lots of different things to lots of people, but it meant something to everybody. It was also made by a studio that, up until the mid-1930s, had not been a major player on the Hollywood backlots but which, largely thanks to Capra’s endeavours in tandem with a select few writers, did power its way into the company of the majors.

In other words, it has attempted to offer its own version of exceptionalism and manifest destiny. Back in the 1930s this ideological conviction was critical for a nation that had begun to suspect that, in the face of the Depression, its great democratic experiment might be washed up. Political films during the decade countered this in a way that was part triumphalist, part nationalistic, but almost wholly recognisable as a fragment upon which the edifice of American history had been built: only one reason why Abraham Lincoln cropped up in so many of the features of the time.

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