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Here’s Looking at You

Hollywood, Film & Politics

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Ernest Giglio

Here’s Looking at You: Hollywood, Film & Politics examines the tangled relationship between politics and Hollywood, which manifests itself in celebrity involvement in political campaigns and elections, and in the overt and covert political messages conveyed by Hollywood films. The book’s findings contradict the film industry’s assertion that it is simply in the entertainment business, and examines how, while the majority of Hollywood films are strictly commercial ventures, hundreds of movies – ranging from Birth of a Nation to Fahrenheit 9/11 – do indeed contain political messages. Here’s Looking at You serves as a basic text for political film courses and as a supplement in American government and film studies courses, and will also appeal to film buffs and people in the film industry.
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Chapter 7: Picturing Justice: The Law and Lawyers in Hollywood Films

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“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” —Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II “Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.” —Jeremy Bentham “When the 30-year old lawyer died he complained to St. Peter: How can you do this to me? A heart attack at my age? I’m only 30! Replied St. Peter: When we looked at your total hours billed we figured you were 95.” —Anonymous “When I go to a party and people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m a lawyer, they seem shocked; as if I said I was a topless dancer.” —Woman lawyer “If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers.” —Charles Dickens “It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.” —Thomas Jefferson “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” —Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes “Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial one.” —Alexis de Tocqueville Law and Popular Culture Lawyers, like politicians, make dramatic film subjects because their characters have the capacity for both good and evil. Furthermore, their actions affect the lives of others in Picturing Justice The Law and Lawyers in Hollywood Films Chapter 7 142 Chapter Seven significant ways. The good lawyer insures a client’s personal freedom or economic security; the client who has a mediocre lawyer may end up in...

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