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  1. Politics around film • Citizen Kane • Pressure from William Randolph Hearst • Delay release • Orson Welles black listed • Threats to boycott Disney over Fahrenheit 9/11 • Protests over The Last Temptation of Christ and The Passion of Christ

  2. Franklin • “To what extent do films guide or reflect American Political Culture?” • What direction is the influence of Film? Film on politics, politics on film, or the economy on film? • Example: Master and Commander: On the Far Side of the World (2003) • Feed back loop (David Easton) • Who controls the content of film? • The public, media moguls?

  3. What type of tales are told? • What type of tale is Citizen Kane? • Melodrama • Story about the media? • Megalomaniac • Critical of politics • Political machine is corrupt but the reformers aren’t much better

  4. Tales in Hollywood (Franklin) • Small government • Capitalism (both positive &negative) • No socialism (few exceptions) • Reds (1981); Dr. Zhivago (1965) • Negative elements of history ignored (slavery; racism; genocide) • The immigrant experience • The Coneheads

  5. Tales in Hollywood (cont.) Foreign films get limited release Judeo-Christian ethic American exceptionalism Value of democracy Liberalism Individualism Rags to riches (capitalism)