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Politics, Hollywood Style

American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma · Politics, Literature, & Film

by John Heyrman


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This book analyzes major films about the American political process from the 1930's through the 2010's. Films are grouped historically and analyzed for their portrayal of American politicians and the political system, uncovering patterns and trends regarding the ways that American politics is portrayed. It also explores how politics are reflected in and affected by these films. For example, compromise is often portrayed as a mistake, and heroes generally seek to redeem a corrupt political system. This book categorizes films by how politics are depicted in them (e.g., cynically, idealistically, etc.). This book also considers the depiction of race and gender in films, as well as the ideological slant of the stories told.

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Lexington Books
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Politics, Literature, & Film


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John Heyrman (Author)

John Heyrman is professor of political science at Berea College.

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