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