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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness

Political Messages in Feature Films

Edited By Michael Haas

Feature films are jam-packed with political messages. This volume provides the tools for analyzing the politics embedded in films. Contributors reveal how subliminal messages are a clue to how the public perceives political reality through otherwise entertaining feature films.
The volume is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on defining political films while Part Two looks at how «politics» is defined within films. Contributors find several ways of defining «political films», but agree that while the messages in films may often seem progressive, they are usually quite conservative, with the aim of making as much money as possible for the people financing the films.
The book provides a history of political film and identifies several hundred films with specific political messages.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Hollywood raises political consciousness: political messages in feature films / edited by Michael Haas. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Motion pictures—Political aspects—United States. 2. Politics in motion pictures. 3. United States—Politics and government—21st century. 4. United States—Politics and government—20th century. I. Haas, Michael, editor of compilation. PN1995.9.P6H65   791.43’6581—dc23   2014013727 ISBN 978-1-4331-2661-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2660-4 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1372-7 (e-book)

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