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Here's Looking at You

Hollywood, Film and Politics, Fourth Edition

Ernest Giglio

Now in its updated and expanded fourth edition, Here’s Looking at You: Hollywood, Film & Politics examines how the tangled relationship between Hollywood’s global film industry and the politics of federal and state governments manifests itself in the real world of political campaigns and in the fictional world of Hollywood films.

The book contradicts the film industry’s assertion that it produces nothing but entertainment. While it is true that the vast majority of Hollywood films are strictly commercial ventures, hundreds of movies—from Birth of a Nation to The Help, recreated stories like Argo and Zero Dark Thirty and historical pieces such as Lincoln and The Conspirator—contain political messages, both overt and covert.

This new edition begins with President Obama’s re-election and includes new photos and statistical data, three new chapters and eight case studies that provide in-depth analysis of special films that are certain to challenge existing views and stimulate classroom discussion. Here’s Looking at You serves as a basic text for courses in film and politics and as a supplement in American government and film studies courses. Film buffs and general readers will also find it of interest.

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Chapter 4. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang: Hollywood, Sex and Violence


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Chapter 4

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang

Hollywood, Sex and Violence

“My constituents can’t read but they can understand pictures.”

—Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall

“There were a lot of things the censors wouldn’t let me do in the movies that I had done on stage. They wouldn’t even let me sit on a guy’s lap and I’d been on more laps than a napkin.”

—Mae West

“We went back four times before we got an R.… We had to get rid of a few thrusts when he’s having sex with the apple pie. The MPAA was like ‘Can he thrust two times instead of four?’”

—Warren Zide, producer of American Pie

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