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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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Epilog. Using Political Films in the Classroom

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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—either incorporating films into standard political science courses or developing a course in Political Films—face a myriad of decisions. I will focus my attention on those considering a course in Political Films.

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