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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Political Films

During my recent short break in Bournemouth (a frequent party conference venue - though not this year), I read a number of interesting books. One was Michael Coyne's "Hollywood Goes to Washington". It outlines some of the great (and some not so great) films about politics in America. Whilst mainly dealing with cinema releases it also covers some made for TV fils and series.

The first chapter deals with the history of the American political film - identifying six main phases - from a "mythic/idealistic phase" (from the 1930s to the 1950s) through to the "Apocalyptic Phase" in the twenty first century. Later chapters deal with themes such as Presidents and Conspiracies. A book which is worth (and enjoyable) reading.

There a few films I'll be looking out for. Obviously some are already firm favourites - "All the President's Men" was a film which excited my growing interest in US Politics. As someone who specialises in Congress - "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" remains a particular favourite. Last week "Advise and Consent" was shown on British TV - I thoroughly enjoyed it! Of course, amongst the made for TV series which I enjoy revisiting, West Wing stands head and shoulders above all the others.

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