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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness ol,li { list-style-type:none; } Table of Contents Tables Preface Introduction Michael Haas Part I. Defining the “Political Film” 1   Films Contain Political Messages Michael Haas 2   Art and Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool Michael A. Genovese 3   Searching for the Political Film Ernest D. Giglio Part II. How Films Define the Political 4   The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins John W. Williams 5   Escape from the Bowling Alley: Traditional Associations as the Antagonist in Popular

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 159 → Combined References Alba, Richard D. (1990). Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Anderson, James A., and Timothy P. Meyers (1988). Mediated Communication: A Social Action Perspective . Newbury Park, CA: Sage. anon. (n.d.). moviegeek.com . http://www.moviegeek.homestead.com/files/featprod1.htm . anon. (2012). “Soviet Union: Films Behind the Iron Curtain,” BZ-Film.com , March 23 (accessed May 15, 2014). Associated Press (1994). “Activist Movie Actor Makes

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | ix → Preface My first interest in films was the reward for walking down Warren Boulevard in Detroit, quarter in hand, to attend the cartoons, documentaries, B- films (mostly Westerns), and then the A films (I recall only The Fountainhead in 1949) at the Alger Theatre every Saturday, beginning at noon. In 1950, my parents moved to Hollywood, and soon my interest was jolted by a direct association with some movie personalities and their children. Among those whom I met were Bob Hope, Art Linkletter, Ann Sheridan, and

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 7 → 1 Films Contain Political Messages Michael Haas Films Impact Politics Films can deeply shape human consciousness. To what extent do they impact political life? That question, asked as early as 1947 by scholar Franklin Fearing, continues to beguile filmmakers, filmviewers, and film analysts. As pure entertainment, movies can amuse, provide excitement on the screen that enables escape from ordinary life, and offer role models. Much has been made of the impact of films on subsequent behavior of filmviewers, particularly

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 151 → Epilog Using Political Films in the Classroom Michael A. Genovese All great art is by its very essence in conflict with the society with which it coexists, it expresses the truth about existence regardless of whether this truth serves or hinders the survival purpose of a given society. All great art is revolutionary because it touches upon the reality of man and questions the reality of the various transitory forms of human society. — Erich Fromm Those interested in using films in the classroom

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 47 → 3 Searching for the Political Film Ernest D. Giglio In a scene from the film Casablanca , Claude Rains, who plays the corrupt Vichy French police chief, Captain Renault, warns Humphrey Bogart, the cynical American owner of Rick’s Café: Renault: “We’re going to make an arrest in your cafe.” Rick: “Again?” Renault: “This is no ordinary arrest, a murderer no less. If you’re thinking of warning him, don’t put yourself out. He cannot possibly escape.” Rick: “I stick my neck out for nobody.” Renault: “A wise foreign

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 31 → 2 Art and Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool Michael A. Genovese Art hath an enemy called ignorance.—Ben Johnson The Political Lens of Film What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.—Augustus Saint-Gaudens Movies are a truly modern art form. With roughly 100 years of movie history to draw from, film can be looked upon as the infant art. But the rise of film in America and around the world has been phenomenal. Worldwide, more people see movies than any other art form. Film has been viewed and

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 139 → 8 Films about Thailand and Vietnam Michael Haas How, based on portrayals in films, does the world perceive various countries around the world? How do films inside countries differ from portrayals of the same countries abroad? In the present chapter, I focus on two countries where foreign stereotypy is common—Thailand and Vietnam. The two questions are important not only for their tourist industries but also for the foreign relations of the United States and other countries toward the two countries. American

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 1 → Introduction Michael Haas Members of the film industry are quite conscious of politics. Although the industry is perceived as liberal or leftist, chapters in this volume argue otherwise for several reasons. Hollywood films are not nonprofit ventures but primarily rely on box office receipts. Second, most films portray the status quo. Third, the liberal reliance on government is at odds with the recurrent theme that government is corrupt and incompetent. Fourth, success of Hollywood films abroad requires sensitivity

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Hollywood Raises Political Consciousness | 193 → About the Contributors Editor Michael Haas received his college education at Stanford University and Yale University. After teaching at the University of Hawai‘i for thirty-five years, he retired to devote his full-time attention to writing. He also serves as President of the Political Film Society in Los Angeles, is a member of the California Senior Assembly, is on the Adjunct Faculty in Political Science of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the