Political Messages in Feature Films
Edited By Michael Haas
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.
5 Escape from the Bowling Alley: Traditional Associations as the Antagonist in Popular Film
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Escape from the Bowling Alley: Traditional Associations as the Antagonist in Popular Film
Well, we’re safe for now. Thank goodness we’re in a bowling alley.—Mayor “Big Bob” (J. T. Nelson), reacting to the sudden introduction of 1990s chaos into the order of his 1950s television town in the 1998 film Pleasantville.
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