an election year!
Come on up to the fifth floor of the LLC, and remember to vote
early and vote often.
88 – Dead to rights, and remarkably prescient, satire of an American
political campaign, made for television by Robert Altman.
– Altman’s complex masterpiece interweaves several storylines
of politics and Americana.
MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE – The paranoid classic of a brainwashed soldier
from the Korean War used in an assassination plot.
THE KING’S MEN – From the Robert Penn Warren novel, and loosely
based on the larger-than-life Louisiana politician, Huey Long.
THE PRESIDENT’S MEN – Watergate. Deep Throat. Woodward. Bernstein.
THE DOG – Manufacture a war to raise poll numbers? Absurd. Intelligent
satire pokes as much fun at Hollyword as at Washington.
GREAT MCGINTY – Old school satire of political machinery is as
salty and sharp as they come.
LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS – Young, honest Abe in this topnotch
SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON – Archetypal Capra tale of young senator
in a corrupt Washington. Filibuster, anyone?
– Sprightly teen comedy set in the Nixon White House.
and EXECUTIVE ACTION – A lot of paranoia in movies about politics,
no? Especially when it comes to the Kennedys.
ROBERTS – Tim Robbins’ satire revolves around a folk singing conservative
politician. No, it’s not a true story about Newt Gingrich.
KANE – What to say about Citizen Kane. It’s Citizen
Kane, for Pete’s sake. Trenchant, groundbreaking, rosebud,
blah blah. See it.
COOL – This electrifying film uses real footage of the 1968 Democratic
Convention in Chicago, and the riots that followed.
OF THE UNION – Tracy, Hepburn, Capra: all together at one low price in this comedy
where Spencer Tracy is running for president.
CANDIDATE – Robert Redford is an idealistic candidate for the
senate in this satire.
PRESIDENT – Bill Moyers looks at the role of television advertising
in presidential campaigns from Eisenhower to Reagan.
AND POLITICS WITH RICHARD STROUT - Journalist Richard Strout reminisces
about his career as a reporter covering Washington and the White
House, from the administration of Warren G. Harding up to the
AMERICAN SPEECHES – Speakers include FDR, Huey Long, Jesse Jackson,
Barbara Jordan, Mario Cuomo, JFK and others in this six-part series.
PUBLIC OPINION: HOW POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA
THE PUBLIC – Examines the use of public opinion polls in politics.
QUESTIONS – Campaign consultants and the role of advanced marketing
research as a political tool.
POLITICAL ARENA – Ruth Messenger, Manhattan borough president,
and C. Virginia Fields, city councilman from Upper Manhattan,
talk about women in politics.
A selection compiled and annotated by P. Jewell