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Civil Servants on the Silver Screen

Hollywood's Depiction of Government and Bureaucrats · Politics, Literature, & Film

by Michelle C. Pautz


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In the movies, government often finds itself in a variety of roles from villain to supporting cast, and rarely, if ever, the hero. A frequent component of that role is the bureaucracy and as documented in Civil Servants on the Silver Screen: Hollywood's Depiction of Government and Bureaucrats, bureaucrats are routinely found on screen. This book investigates how government bureaucrats are portrayed in the top ten box office grossing films from 2000 through 2015. Perhaps unsurprisingly, government is generally portrayed poorly, while individual government bureaucrats are typically depicted positively. These images of government on screen are particularly important given the ability of movies to influence the attitudes and perceptions of its audiences. The nature of these depictions and potential implications are considered as bureaucrats in film are categorized.

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Lexington Books
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Politics, Literature, & Film


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Michelle C. Pautz (Author)

Michelle C. Pautz is associate professor of political science and assistant provost of the Common Academic Program at the University of Dayton.

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