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The President

Abe Lincoln in Illinois(1940)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Minor Watson, Alan Baxter, Harvey Stephens, Howard da Silva. Views Lincoln's life, from his early days as a young woodsman to his election to the presidency in 1860. Includes his first love with Ann Rutledge, his marriage to Mary Todd, his early law practice, and his debates with Stephen Douglas. Film version of Robert E. Sherwood's play of the same title. 110 min. DVD X1799
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Krukones, Michael G. "Motion Picture Presidents of the 1930s: Factual and Fictional Leaders for a Time of Crisis." In: Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.U64 H65 2003)

Abraham Lincoln(1930)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Ian Keith, Frank Campeau, Hobart Bosworth, Henry B. Walthall, Kay Hammond, Alyn E. Warren, Fred Warren. This epic biography of the life of Abraham Lincoln is D.W. Griffith's first talking picture. It begins with Lincoln's life just prior to his White House ascent. His romance with Ann Rutledge and the famed Lincoln-Douglas debate receive special attention, and Griffith is in his element when picturing the battle scenes of the Civil War. The film concludes with Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre. 84 min. Video/C 999:1882
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Charney, Mark J. "'Picturizing' History: The Assassination of Lincoln in D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation." South Carolina Review, 1990 Spring, 22:2, 58-62.
Petric, Vlada "Two Lincoln Assassinations by D.W. Griffith." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, III/3, Summer 78; p.345-369.

Air Force One (1997)
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Paul Guilfoyle, William H. Macy, Liesel Matthews, Dean Stockwell. An uncompromising U.S. President has just told the world he will not negotiate with terrorists. But when Russian terrorists hijack Air Force One, the world's most secure and extraordinary aircraft, the President is faced with a nearly impossible decision-- give in to terrorist demands or sacrifice not only the country's dignity, but the lives of his wife and daughter. 125 min. DVD 1269
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All the President's Men (1976)
Directed by Alan Pakula. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander. A dramatic reconstruction of the true story of the discovery of the White House link with the Watergate affair by two young reporters from the Washington Post. 127 min. DVD 1045; vhs 999:451
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The American President (1995)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, David Paymer, Samantha Mathis, Michael J. Fox. Andrew Shepherd is the most popular American President in decades -- a consummate politician and a man of integrity -- who also happens to be a widower, ready to start dancing again. But when lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade sweeps into his political arena, she unexpectedly sweeps him off his feet! 114 min. DVD 2304
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Directed by Niels Mueller. Cast: Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, Jack Thompson, Brad Hanke, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Lily Knight, Jared Dorrance. Based on real-life events tells the tragic story of Sam Bicke, a disillusioned salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House and drop a gas bomb. 95 min. DVD 5573
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Billy Jack Goes to Washington(1977)
Directed by T.C. Frank. Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, E.G. Marshall, Teresa Laughlin, Sam Wanamaker, Dick Gautier, John Lawlor, Peter Donat, Michael Irving, Lucie Arnaz. Billy Jack is appointed as the junior Senator from Arizona in 1976. Arriving in Washington, he discovers that the respected senior Senator from Arizona and a business tycoon are secretly planning to build a nuclear plant in the pristine Arizona landscape. Fourth of four Billy Jack films. Sequel to Born losers, Billy Jack and Trial of Billy Jack. 173 min. DVD X2006
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The Contender (2000)
Director: Rod Lurie. Cast: Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Philip Baker Hall, Saul Rubinek, Sam Elliott. As soon as a woman is nominated to replace the deceased vice president of the United States, her political enemies, seeking to keep her from being confirmed, sift through her private life searching for ways to bring her down. 127 min. DVD 2305
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Dave (1993)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman, Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Kevin Dunn, Ben Kingsley. An uncanny Presidential lookalike is recruited as a temporary replacement for the missing president. His unusual style of governing and decision making tip off the opposition that something is definitely "out-of-order" in Washington. Real-life Washington politicos and pundits join the fun as Dave uses ordinary-guy savvy to deal with the extraordinary demands of the Oval Office. 110 min. DVD 5303
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Death of a President.(2006)
Directed by Gabriel Range. Cast: Parham, Seena Jon, Christian Stolte, Chavez Ravine, Patricia Buckley, Patrick Clear, Malik Bader, Tony Dale. A raging crowd of protesters are waiting for President George W. Bush's procession. As the President gives a patriotic speech inside a hotel, the demonstrators' fury increases to the breaking point. The tension mounts until the horrible instant where the President is assassinated. Following the assassination, the FBI hunts for the assassin. All the suspects are interviewed and released except one, the Syrian man who is convicted and put on death row. There is circumstantial evidence against him, but is he really guilty of the crime? Or does his being Middle Eastern provide a convenient excuse to label the death of the President as an Act of Terror? 90 min. DVD 7432
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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Cast Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Clint Howard, Patty McCormack, Andy Milder. Richard Nixon is the disgraced president with a legacy to save. David Frost is a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. This is the legendary battle between the two men and the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after resigning from office, Nixon remained silent. But in the summer of 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview. As cameras roll, a charged battle of wits begins. Based on the stage play by Peter Morgan. Bonus features: Deleted scenes ; The making of Frost/Nixon ; The real interview ; The Nixon library ; feature commentary with director Ron Howard. 123 min. DVD X1744
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Briley, Ron. "Frost/Nixon." Journal of American History, Jun2009, Vol. 96 Issue 1, p322-323, 2p UC users only
Doherty, Thomas. "Frost/Nixon." Cineaste, Spring2009, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p68-71, 4p UC users only
Kemp, Philip. "Frost/Nixon." Sight & Sound, Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p59-60, 2p UC users only
Pedler, Martyn. "Fake politics for the real America." Metro; Mar2009, Issue 160, p182-186, 5p UC users only
Tueth, Michael V. "Mano a Mano." America, 3/16/2009, Vol. 200 Issue 9, p26-28, 3p UC users only

The Frost/Nixon interviews, May 1997 DVD 8266
Edited transcript of David Frost's interview with Richard Nixon, May 1977
Frost, David. Frost/Nixon : behind the scenes of the Nixon interviews / Sir David Frost with Bob Zelnick. New York : Harper Perennial, c2007. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E855 .F75 2007)
Morgan, Peter. Frost/Nixon London : Faber and Faber, 2006. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6113.O745 F76 2006)
Reston, James. The conviction of Richard Nixon : the untold story of the Frost/Nixon interviews / James Reston, Jr. New York : Harmony Books, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E856 .R47 2007)

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
Directed by Gregory LaCava. Cast: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore. United States President Judson Hammond, a corrupt politician, is visited by the Angel Gabriel during recuperation from a near-fatal automobile accident. President Hammond miraculously becomes virtuous, although his zeal for reform is as misguided as his previous indifference was destructive. From the novel by Thomas Frederic Tweed (London edition) entitled Rinehard. 78 min. DVD X1007; vhs 999:3420
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Hidden Agenda (UK, 1990)
Director, Ken Loach. Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, John Benfield, Des McAleer, Jim Norton, Maurice Roeves. When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth-- which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder. 109 min. DVD X5813
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In the Line of Fire (1993)
Director, Wolfgang Petersen. Cast: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Mahoney. Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect JFK from assassination gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Special DVD features: Director's commentary ; deleted scenes ; The ultimate sacrifice : In the line of fire ; behind-the-scenes with the Secret Service ; "How'd they do that?" featurette ; catching the counterfeiters ; theatrical trailers ; TV spots ; talent files ; production notes. 127 min. DVD X4863
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JFK (1991)
Directed by Oliver Stone; Cast: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek. Director Oliver Stone seamlessly blends archival film with acted sequences in his version of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which alleges that there was a massive plot and cover-up surrounding JFK's death. Based on the books "On the trail of the assassins" by Jim Garrison and "Crossfire: the plot that killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs. 209 min. DVD 772; vhs 999:1260
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John Adams (TV, 2008)
Directed by Tom Hooper. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Danny Huston, John Bedford Lloyd, Justin Theroux, Ritchie Coster, Guy Henry, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Zeljko Ivanek, John Dossett, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Judith Magre, Steven Hinkle, Madeline Taylor, Neal Huff, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Hollander, Sarah Polley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Rufus Sewell, Samuel Barnett, Andrew Scott. While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers --General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson --in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history. Special features: Discs 1-3: Facts are stubborn things: an exclusive onscreen historical guide; disc 3: Documentary: "David McCullough: painting with words" (a rare and personal glimpse at the life and works of author David McCullough); "The making of 'John Adams'" featurette. Originally broadcast on HBO as a seven-part mini-series in 2008. 501 min. DVD X1696
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture Made for Television
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Miniseries
Golden Globes, USA - Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Man of the Year (2006)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, Jeff Goldblum, David Alpay, Faith Daniels, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Doug Murray. Tom Dobbs makes an offhand comment on his late night talk show that he would be a better president than the leader who currently occupies the White House. A grassroots campaign conducted by his legions of fans finds him unexpectedly ushered into the Oval Office and forced to live up to his promise. Unfortunately for Dobbs, he finds out that his surprise victory was actually the result of a voting computer glitch and not winning the majority vote leaves the outspoken funnyman struggling with the decision to stay the course in the Oval Office or head back behind the microphone where he is truly in his element. Special features: "Commander and chief" featurette; "Robin Williams: a stand up guy" featurette. 105 min. DVD 8200
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Fahy, Patrick. "Man of the Year." Sight & Sound, Mar2008, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p71-72, 2p UC users only

Nixon (1995)
Directed by Oliver Stone; Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, James Woods. Drama about the fall of President Richard Nixon portrayed as a complex man whose chance at greatness was ultimately destroyed by his passion for power-- when his involvement in conspiracy jeopardizes the nation's security and the presidency of the United States. 191 min. DVD 775
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Primary Colors (1998)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Paul Guilfoyle, Larry Hagman, Kathy Bates. Jack Stanton is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan. Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top. Based on the novel of the same title by Anonymous [attributed to Joe Klein]. 144 min. DVD X4830
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Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election(TV, 2008)
Directed by Cast: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, Tom Wilkinson. Originally broadcast on HBO May 25, 2008. A docu-drama of one of the most controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in its ability to stage a fair and open election. Beginning on election day 2000 and culminating with the Supreme Court decision Bush vs. Gore, this film follows the bizarre 36-day struggle to determine which candidate won Florida ... and the presidency. 116 min. DVD X58
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Secret Honor: A Political Myth (1984)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Philip Baker Hall. A dramatization of the life of Richard M. Nixon in the final hours before his resignation from the U.S. presidency. The plot theorizes that Nixon did not resign because of the Watergate cover-up but was motivated instead by his secret decision to thwart the plans of a cabal of businessmen to continue their control of the White House. Based on the original play by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone. Special features: Commentaries by Altman and Freed ; interview with Philip Baker Hall ; archival film from the career of Pres. Nixon. 90 min. DVD X4311
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Suddenly (1954)
Directed by Lewis Allen. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Gates, James Gleason, Kim Charney. Frank Sinatra's chilling central performance as a cold-blooded assassin with a heart of steel sparks this explosive thriller about a trio of hired gunmen who plan to murder the President of the United States during his stopover in a small town called Suddenly. 77 min. DVD 3906
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Thirteen Days (2000)
Directed by Roger Donaldson. SEE Cold War

Truman (TV 1995)
Directed by Frank Pierson. Cast: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon, Tony Goldwyn, Pat Hingle, Harris Yulin. A made for television docu-drama of the life of President Harry S. Truman who led the nation through the end of World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, the struggle for civil rights and the creation of the United Nations. Based on the book by David McCullough. 130 min. DVD 1141
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Vantage Point (2008)
Directed by Pete Travis. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Bruce McGill, Edgar Ramirez, Said Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, James LeGros, Eduardo Noriega. U.S. president Ashton is in Salamanca, Spain to announce plans for a major global summit on terrorism. As he stands behind the podium in front of a loudly cheering crowd, he is shot twice. This is followed minutes later by a small explosion and then a massive blast. Secret Service agents Barnes, Taylor, and Holden immediately jump into action, trying to find the terrorists responsible amid all the chaos. First, the events are seen through the eyes of television news producer Rex Brooks. Then, the assassination attempt is replayed from seven different points of view. Each perspective reveals a few more clues. 90 min. DVD 9869
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W. (2008)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, Toby Jones, Stacy Keach,, Bruce McGill, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright. Tells the story of George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, his life's struggles and triumphs, how he met his wife, Laura, found his faith, and what happened during the critical days before he made the decision to invade Iraq. Special features: Audio commentary with director Oliver Stone; "Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy" - a look at President Bush's legacy from renowned political experts, academics and historians; "No Stanger to Controversy: Oliver Stone's George W. Bush" -an inside look at the making of the film; W. filmmakers' research and annotations guide; deleted scenes with optional director audio commentary; theatrical trailer. 129 min. DVD X1114
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The West Wing (TV series)
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Wrong is Right (1982)
Directed by Richard Brooks. Cast: Sean Connery, George Grizzard, Robert Conrad, Hardy Kruger, Ron Moody, Leslie Nielsen, Katharine Ross, Dean Stockwell. Political double-talk, dirty tricks, hidden microphones, spy satellites, bugging in the Oval Office and a nuclear bomb for sale are the ingredients in this amusing satire of American news reporting, covert agencies and the political system. 117 min. DVD 2414
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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan. Ten formative years in the life of one of America's greatest statesmen are brought vividly to the screen by Henry Fonda in this fictionalized biography of Abraham Lincoln's early years as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois. 137 min. DVD 5100; also DVD 9362; vhs 999:1039
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Krukones, Michael G. "Motion Picture Presidents of the 1930s: Factual and Fictional Leaders for a Time of Crisis." In: Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.U64 H65 2003)

Politicians and Politicking

Advise and Consent (1962)
Producer/director, Otto Preminger. Cast: Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson. Blackmail, suicide and scandal follow the President's appointment of an unpopular Secretary of State, and put the stability of the entire U.S. Government at risk in this highly praised political drama. Based on the novel by Allen Drury. 139 min. DVD 3927
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Kelley, Beverly Merrill. "Elitism in Advise and Consent." In: Reelpolitik II : political ideologies in '50s and '60s films / Beverly Merrill Kelley. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 K43 2004)
Poe, G. Tom. "Secrets, Lies And Cold War Politics: "Making Sense" of Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent." Film History 1998 10(3): 332-345. UC users only

All the King's Men (1949)
Director, Robert Rossen. Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge. An honest man from a small town is elected mayor and then governor, but power corrupts him absolutely and he ruins his own life and those of his friends before being assassinated. Based on the book by Robert Penn Warren. 109 min. DVD 5484; vhs 999:264
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All the King's Men(2006)
Directed by Steven Zaillian. Cast: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Kathy Baker, Jackie Earle Haley, Anthony Hopkins. Willie Stark is an uncorrupted small-town mayor in 1950s Louisiana. He gets picked by the political machine to run as a wild card candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial race. But, when Willie realizes that he is being manipulated, he veers off on his own to become the darling of the electorate's downtrodden and forgotten hicks. Covering the campaign for a local paper is Jack Burden, whose editorial pieces become so admiring of Willie that he's fired. But, when Stark wins, Burden hires onto the new governor's team as a personal aide. Once in office, Governor Stark antagonizes the state legislature, the oil companies, and the moneyed classes with his share-the-wealth promises to the sweaty masses. Legislators become so outraged that they start serious impeachment talk, a move supported by the admired and retired Judge Irwin, who also happens to be Jack's godfather. Based on the life of Huey Pierce Long, governor of Louisiana and senator. Special features: The making of All the king's men (featurette) ; An American classic (featurette) ; La. confidential: on location with All the king's men (featurette) ; Shake hands with the devil (featurette) ; The legend and lore of Huey Long (featurette) ; deleted scenes. 128 min. DVD 6716
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The Arena (TV, 1956)
Directed by Franklin Schaffner. Cast: Wendell Corey, Chester Morris, John Cromwell, Leonra Dana, Edgar Stehli, Harry Holcombe. This political parable written by Rod Serling tells of a young senator named Norton newly appointed to fill out the term of one who has just died. Norton comes with a chip on his shoulder -- his father had been a senator from the same state until he was forced out of politics by the same man Norton now has to deal with because he's a colleague. Norton acquires the ammo to avenge his father but wrestles with whether or not he should use it. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on April 8, 1956. 60 min. DVD X596
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Bob Roberts (1992)
Directed by Tim Robbins. Cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Susan Sarandon, Fred Ward. A satirical comedy in which a radical folksinger turned senatorial candidate blends singing, music videos and scandal on the campaign trail. Special DVD features: Commentary with Tim Robbins ; commentary with Tim Robbins and Gore Vidal ; commentary with political editors, Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair ; deleted scenes ; theatrical trailer ; TV spots ; photo gallery ; cast and crew information ; production notes. 102 min. DVD X1040; vhs 999:1189
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Troy, Gil. "Bob Roberts." American Historical Review, 1993, Vol. 98 Issue 4, p1186-1188, 3p UC users only

Bobby (2006)
Directed by Emilio Estevez. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood. Revisits the night presidential-hopeful Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. As the lives of those who were present dramatically intersect, Bobby shows how the gunshots that rang out that night forever changed the course of American history. Special features: 'Bobby' : the making of an American epic ; Eyewitness accounts from the Ambassador Hotel ; theatrical trailer. 119 min. DVD 7463
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Briley, Ron. "Bobby." Journal of American History, Dec2007, Vol. 94 Issue 3, p1041-1042, 2p UC users only

Bulworth (1998)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington. A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. 108 min. DVD X1037
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The Candidate (1972)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. Cast: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvin Douglas. Bill McKay is enlisted by campaign maestro Marvin Lucas to run for U.S. Senator. McKay agrees, but only if he can say exactly what he thinks. That approach is all well and good when McKay does not seem to have a chance, but things change when his honesty unexpectedly captivates the electorate. As McKay inches up in the polls, Lucas and company start to do what it takes to win, leaving McKay to ponder the consequences of his political seduction. 114 min. DVD 6424
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Alkana, Linda. "The Absent President: Mr. Smith, The Candidate, and Bulworth." In: Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.U64 H65 2003)

"The Candidate." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman. In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story. Based on the book by George Crile. 102 min. DVD 9627
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Nadel, Alan. "Charlie Wilson's War." Journal of American History; Jun2008, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p286-287, 2p UC users only
Patterson, Hannah. "Charlie Wilson's War." Sight & Sound, Mar2008, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p61-62, 2p UC users only
Rozen, Laura. "The spook stays in the picture." Mother Jones; Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p22, 3p UC users only
Sklar, Robert. "Charlie Wilson's War." Cineaste, Spring2008, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p48-49, 2p UC users only

Citizen Kane (1941)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, William Alland, Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead. When one of the world's richest and most influential men dies muttering the word "Rosebud", a newspaper's managing editor insists that Kane's obituary film is missing something and "needs an angle." He orders his top reporter Thompson (Alland) to discover what "Rosebud" means. Thompson searches for, finds, and interviews five key figures, but ulimately does not solve the mystery. At one point in his career Kane runs for governor against corrupt political boss Jim Gettys. Gettys discovers that Kane has a mistress and uses this information to blackmail him into quitting the race. Despite the hurt that scandal will bring to his family and the mistress, Kane refuses, convinced that he has the love of the electorate. He is mistaken, however, and loses the race. Because Kane was purportedly based on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, efforts were made to surpress the film, by 'Hearst hatchet woman' Louella Parsons, among others. 119 min. DVD 852; VHS 999:85
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Charles F. Kane campaigns for governor (online audio via AmericanRhetoric.com

Daffy Duck for President. (196?)
Animated short. DVD 3137

Election (1999)
Directed by Alexander Payne. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves. In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter is determined to become president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. 103 min. DVD 620
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A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Kay Medford, Bennett Cerf, Virginia Graham, Burl Ives, John Cameron Swayze, Mike Wallace, Walter Winchell. Lonesome Rhodes, a big ol' teddy bear of a man, sits in a dusty, squalid Arkansas jail, swapping stories with his fellow drifters and plunking on his guitar. It's not much of a life -- until a chance encounter skyrockets Lonesome to TV fame and more money, and power than even the greediest man can handle.

"A Face in the Crowd addresses many of the same issues [as All the King's Men] in its tale of Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a hillbilly singer who parlays his television popularity into a political movement promoting the presidential campaign of the right-wing Senator Fuller, "last of the isolations." Rhodes is betrayed by an open microphone that allows the audience for his nationwide broadcasts to hear his contemptuous statements about the "sheep" who believe his speeches." [from The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter ... New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. Main Stack PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003] 126 min. DVD 3923

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Ecksel, Robert. "Fascism, American Style: Revisiting Kazan and Schulberg's A Face in the Crowd." Bright Lights Film Journal, Aug2008, Issue 61, p9-9, 1p
Hoberman, J. "The Long Road of Lonesome Rhodes: Reconsidering "A Face in the Crowd." Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall2008, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p116-127, 12p UC users only
Kelley, Beverly Merrill. "Fascism in A Face in the Crowd." In: Reelpolitik II : political ideologies in '50s and '60s films / Beverly Merrill Kelley. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 K43 2004)
Winchell, Mark Royden. "A Face in the Crowd." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" / Mark Royden Winchell. Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S6 W53 2008)
Yates, J. "Smart man's burden: 'Nashville', 'A face in the crowd' and popular culture." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol V nr 1 (1976); p 19-28

George Wallace (1997)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Gary Sinise, Mare Winningham, Angelina Jolie, Terry Kinney, William Sanderson. Governor of Alabama, George Wallace was an infamous politician and segregationist. He had a lust for power and status that made him bedfellows with racists and became one of the most destructive and most hated American politicians of his time. Follows George from his early days as a state circuit judge to his presidential run, when he was paralyzed by a would-be assassin. Based on the book by Marshall Frady. Originally broadcast by TNT Aug. 24, 1997. 185 min. DVD X941
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Great McGinty (1940)
Directed by Preston Sturges; Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff. In this comedy Dan McGinty is a hungry hobo who wows the ballot-stuffers by voting 37 times in an election for mayor. He immediately becomes the protege of a political boss. The boss guides and schemes McGinty to alderman, mayor and ultimately governor. McGinty flees the country and winds up as a bartender in a seedy Central American dive where the tale has a gleeful surprise ending. 82 min. DVD 6582; vhs 999:810
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Preston Sturges bibliography

"The Great McGinty." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

The Last Hurrah (1962)
Directed by John Ford; Cast: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, James Gleason. Frank Skeffington, the political boss of a New England town, fights his last campaign. This flavorful melodrama is based on Edwin O'Connor's novel of politics, loosely patterned after the life of Boston's Mayor Curley. 121 min. DVD 304
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Kelley, Beverly Merrill. "Populism in the Last Hurrah." In: Reelpolitik II : political ideologies in '50s and '60s films / Beverly Merrill Kelley. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 K43 2004)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Directed by Frank Capra; Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold. A naive Jefferson Smith is appointed as a U.S. Senator by a corrupt political party machine. When Smith stumbles across a pending bill which promotes graft, he himself is falsely implicated in the scheme. Smith fights back with a heroic one-man filibuster, ending in the exposure of the guilty parties. 130 min. DVD 7188; DVD 202
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Online audio via AmericanRhetoric.com

Senator Smith takes his oath of office
Senator Smith introduces National Boys Camp bill
Senator Smith opens filibuster
Senator Smith collapses and ends filibuster

The Cold War Goes to the Movies

Cold War/Nuclear War Movies

Comrade X(1940)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oscar Homolka, Felix Bressart, Eve Arden. When the Russian chief of police tells Moscow's foreign correspondents that one of them is the anonymous writer Comrade X, it doesn't worry American reporter McKinley Thompson. He's positive no one would know it's him until Vanya, his bumbling valet, finds his secret camera. Threatening to reveal his identity, Vanya blackmails McKinley into taking his revolutionist daughter out of Russia before she is executed. All he has to do is lure the diehard Communist from the country she loves, get her to marry him and live in Brooklyn. 90 min. DVD X3155; vhs 999:3526
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Small, Melvin. "Buffoons and Brave Hearts: Hollywood Portrays the Russians, 1939-1944." California Historical Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Winter, 1973), pp. 326-337 UC users only

Fail-Safe (1964)
Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Larry Hagman, Fritz Weaver. A computer malfunction causes nuclear equiped American bombers to destroy Moscow and the president of the United States has to take terrible measures to appease the Soviets and prevent all-out nuclear war. 111 min. DVD 4722
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Fellow Traveller(TV, 1989)
Directed by Philip Saville. Cast: Ron Silver, Hart Bochner, Imogen Stubbs, Daniel J. Travanti. In Hollywood during the 1950's, screenwriter Asa Kaufman reflects on his Communist associations and knows that he will soon be forced to testify before committees investigating "Un-American" activities. He can no longer find employment in Hollywood anyway, so decides to flee to England and get work there writing children's TV. Soon after arriving, he hears that his best friend since childhood, actor Clifford Byrne, has committed suicide. Asa is sure that this is related to the witch-hunts, and has to find out exactly what the relation is." [Internet Movie Database] 97 min. 999:3691
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Hall, Jeanne. "The Benefits of Hindsight: Re-Visions of HUAC and the Film and Television Industries in "The Front" and "Guilty by Suspicion" ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter, 2000-2001, pp. 15-26 UC users only

The Front (1976)
Director, Martin Ritt. Performers: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy. A searing indictment of the McCarthy era blacklisting and Communist witchhunts of the 1950's. Woody Allen plays a hapless ghost writer fated to become a symbolic hero. Directed by Martin Ritt who experienced blacklisting firsthand. 94 min. 999:806

Goldfarb, Lyn; Ilyashov, Anatoli. "Working Class Hero: An Interview with Martin Ritt." Cineaste, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 20-23, 1991 UC users only
Hall, Jeanne. "The Benefits of Hindsight: Re-Visions of HUAC and the Film and Television Industries in "The Front" and "Guilty by Suspicion" ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter, 2000-2001, pp. 15-26 UC users only
Miller, Gabriel. The films of Martin Ritt: fanfare for the common man . Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.R578 M55 2000)

The Good German (2006)
Director: Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, Beau Bridges, Dominic Comperatore, Tony Curran, Gianfranco L'Amore, Christian Oliver, Leland Orser, Dave Power, Don Pugsley, Jack Thompson, Robin Weigert. Director of photography, Peter Andrews ; editor, Mary Ann Bernard ; music, Thomas Newman ; costume designer, Louise Frogley ; production designer, Philip Messina. Takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar becomes involved with Lena Brandt, a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt led by both the American and Russian armies. Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully is an American soldier working in the U.S. army motor pool who is assigned to drive Jake around Berlin. Tully has black market connections that may be Lena's way out. But he could lead them all into even darker territory. 107 min. DVD 9631
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Director: Robert De Niro. Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Michael Gambon, Martina Gedeck, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Gabriel Macht, Lee Pace, Joe Pesci, John Turturro. Edward, the only witness to his father's suicide and a member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion. These are the qualities that help him become recruited for a career in the newly founded Office of Strategic Services (CIA). While working there, his ideals gradually turn to suspicion influenced by the Cold War paranoia present within the office. Eventually, he becomes an influential veteran operative, while his distrust of everyone around him increases. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family. 168 min. DVD 7494
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The Hundred Days of the Dragon (Outer Limits, TV series, 1963)
Director, Byron Haskin. Cast: Sidney Blackmer, Phillip Pine, Nancy Rennick, Joan Camden, Henry Scott. A subversive Chinese agent, scientifically transformed into a perfect likeness of the President of the United States, is running and gradually destroying America. Not even the First Family realizes that the real chief executive has been surreptitiously assassinated. 52 min. DVD 1012

I Married a Communist (aka Woman on Pier 13 ) (1949)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar. Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad's new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action. 73 min. DVD X4710
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I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb. Ostensibly based on a "Saturday Evening Post" article in which a Pittsburgh steel company worker recounted his experiences as an undercover FBI agent in the Communist Party, this is a well-crafted propaganda piece in the form of a noir thriller. 83 min. DVD X1805
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Doherty, Thomas. "Hollywood Agit-Prop: The Anti-Communist Cycle, 1948-1954." Journal of Film & Video; Fall88, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p15-27, 13p, UC users only
Leab, Dan. "I Was A Communist For The FBI." History Today 1996 46(12): 42-47. UC users only

Invasion U.S.A. (1951)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Peggie Castle, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Bice, Tom Kennedy, Wade Crosby, Erik Blythe, Phyllis Coates, Aram Ketcher, Knox Manning, Edward G. Robinson, Jr., Noel Neill, Clarence A. Shoop. A mysterious stranger engages a diverse group of Manhattan bar patrons in a discussion on the best way to beat communism. Suddenly, a real Red Alert is declared and enemy parachutists by the thousands begin landing on American soil! Soon atom bombs are dropping, skyscrapers are crumbling and fifth columnists are taking over key industries. Through it all, a suave, street-smart reporter and a beautiful debutante desperately try to find time for romance amid the chaos. Special features: 2 original Civil Defense Dept. audio recordings ("The complacent Americans" and "If the bomb falls") ; 1956 re-issue theatrical trailer ; "Red nightmare," short film starring Jack Webb ; Conelrad 100, film encyclopedia of atomic films ; interviews with Dan O'Herlihy, William Schallert, Noel Neill. 74 min. DVD X5632
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Briley, Ron. "Invasion U.S.A." Film & History, Spring2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p148-151, 4p UC users only
Hendershot, Cyndy. "Anti-Communism and Ambivalence in "Red Planet Mars," "Invasion USA," and "The Beast of Yucca Flats."" Science Fiction Studies, Jul2001, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p246-260, 15p UC users only

Man on a Tightrope (1953)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Frederic March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell, the Brumbach Circus. Fredric March stars in this story of a Czechoslovakian circus troop whose members are drafted into the military when the communists take over. But as they near the Bavarian border, they decide to make a break to escape to the West. 105 min. DVD X5360
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Elia Kazan bibliography

Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory. A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis-induced conditioning that transform Harvey into a human time bomb.Based on a novel by Richard Condon. 127 min. DVD 1078; vhs 999:406
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey Wright, Ted Levine, Bruno Ganz, Miguel Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Jude Ciccolella. When his army unit is ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saves his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, Major Ben Marco, is knocked unconscious. Using the incident for political gain, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, but Marco is haunted by dreams of what really happened in Iraq. As Marco investigates, the story begins to unravel. He begins to figure that the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed as part of a plot to get Shaw into the White House. Now the Manchurian Global corporation appears desperate to stop him from finding out. 130 min. DVD 3366
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Mission to Moscow(1943)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oscar Homolka, George Tobias, Gene Lockhart. Mission to Moscow was made at the behest of F.D.R. in order to garner more support for the Soviet Union during WWII. It was from the book by Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. The movie covers the political machinations in Moscow just before the start of the war and presents Stalin's Russia in a very favorable light; so much so that the movie was cited years later by the House Un-American Activities Commission and was largely responsible for the screenwriter, Howard Koch, being blacklisted. Based on the book by Joseph E. Davies. 123 min. DVD X592
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Bennett, Todd. "Culture, Power, and Mission to Moscow: Film and Soviet-American Relations during World War II." Journal of American History; Sep2001, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p489-518, 30p UC users only
Heller, Dana. "A passion for extremes: Hollywood's Cold War romance with Russia." Comparative American Studies Volume 3, Number 1, March 2005 , pp. 89-110(22) UC users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Koppes, Clayton R. "Putting the Russians Through the Wringer." In: Hollywood goes to war : how politics, profits, and propaganda shaped World War II movies Berkeley : University of California Press, 1990, c1987. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt D743.23 .K66 1990)
Radosh, Ronald; Radosh, Allis. "A Great Historic Mistake: The Making of "Mission to Moscow"." Film History, Vol. 16, No. 4, Politics and Film (2004), pp. 358-377 UC users only
Radosh, Ronald; Radosh, Allis. "A Great Historic Mistake." In: Red star over Hollywood : the film colony's long romance with the left / Ronald Radosh, Allis Radosh Radosh, Ronald. San Francisco : Encounter Books, [2005]. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .R33 2005)
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)
Sbardellati, John. "Brassbound G-Men and celluloid reds: the FBI's search for communist propaganda in wartime Hollywood." Film History, 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p412-436, 25p UC users only
Small, Melvin. "Buffoons and Brave Hearts: Hollywood Portrays the Russians, 1939-1944." California Historical Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Winter, 1973), pp. 326-337 UC users only

Red Menace. (1949)
Directed by R. G. Springsteen. Cast: Narrator: Lloyd G. Davies ; cast: Robert Rockwell, Hanne Axman. Anti-Communist propaganda in the form of a story about a disgruntled ex-soldier. When he gets no help from the Veterans Bureau, he is ripe for the influences of Communists who lead him down the party line. But he soon meets up with disillusioned party members who attempt to break out. When released this film caused a sensation with its anti-Communist theme. It was a clear sign of the times--McCarthyism in America.

"Restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Red Menace was produced by Herbert J. Yates, founder and president of Republic Pictures. Like other Hollywood producers in 1949, he was eager to prove his loyalty to the government. The Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities rewarded him with a commendation for his work on this film." [from video container] 87 min. DVD X5614; vhs 999:2002

Sixties Counterculture Takes on the Establishment

See The Sixties: The Movies Take on the 60s and 70s

Miscellaneous Politics

All Girl Revue(1940)
Directed by Lloyd French. Cast: June Allyson, The Harrison Sisters. "Headlines announce that women will run the city for a day. The day's mayor sings a challenge to her lieutenants and they respond in close harmony that they'll make the city pretty. Then they rush to the train station to meet opera singer Madame Beverly. At the station, they ask for help, prompting the woman at the information booth to sing, "Information Please." A chorus line taps their way around the station. Madame Beverly arrives and sings, "I Love to Sing a Whole Note." Then, at a unique reception at City Hall, the Mayor gives Madame Beverly the key to the city, and they reprise the three songs." [IMDB] 8 min. Included on DVD 3509

DC 9/11 (2004)
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, John Cunningham, David Fonteno, Gregory Itzin, Penny Johnson Jerald, Stephen Macht, Mary Gordon Murray, Lawrence Pressman, Scott Alan Smith, George Takei. A drama telling the story of the days directly after the 9/11 attacks. Focuses on the difficult decisions and tasks faced by President George Bush and his staff on September 11, 2001 and the days following the attacks. Based on in-depth interviews and extensive research, the film recounts the tragic events from the moment Bush hears the news of the attacks to significant briefings with advisors. Chronicles national security meetings, links with Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda network. Illustrates the Administrations strategy for responding both to the terrorists and the American people. DVD 6423
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Enemy of the State (1998)
Director, Tony Scott. Cast: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Gabriel Byrne. A suspenseful story of espionage and corruption. Robert Clayton Dean is a successful attorney with a happy home life, until he unknowingly receives top-secret information about a murder and becomes the target of a pursuit. 140 min. DVD 7465
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Independence Day (1996)
Director, Roland Emmerich. Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein. Massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies and wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. The world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors. 153 min. DVD 1012
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Visual Effects
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Director; Best Science Fiction Film; Best Special Effects

Meet John Doe (1941)
Directed by Frank Capra; Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart, Spring Byington. A genial and aimless tramp is hoaxed into playing the role of "John Doe" for the sake of a newspaper stunt until he discovers that his appeal will be used by a grasping industrialist to bludgeon his way to power. 123 min. DVD 413
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"Meet John Doe." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

Medium Cool (1969)
Directed by Haskell Wexler; Cast: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship. Filmed against the backdrop of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and ensuing riots, this story is about a television cameraman who chooses not to get personally concerned about the ugliness he must film each day for his station. But the hate and hypocrisy command his attentions at last, and he becomes increasingly involved in the realities he finds with his camera. 111 min. 999:1122
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Cronin, Paul. "Mid-Summer Mavericks." Sight and Sound, vol. 11, no. 9, pp. 24-27, September 2001.
Holtan, Orley I. "The Agrarian Myth in "Midnight Cowboy, Alice's Restaurant, Easy Rider" and "Medium Cool" Journal of Popular Culture 4:1 (1970:Summer) p.273 UC users only
"Medium Cool." Sight and Sound, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 12-15, August 1998.
Milliken, Christie. "1969: movies and the counterculture." In: American cinema of the 1960s : themes and variations / edited by Barry Keith Grant. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A8576 2008)
Mordden, Ethan. Medium cool : the movies of the 1960s / Ethan Mordden. New York : Knopf, 1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 M655 1990)
Renov, Michael. "The "Real" in Fiction: Brecht, Medium Cool, and the Refusal of Incorporation." In: The subject of documentary Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.R44 2004; PFA PN1995.9.D6.R44 2004)
Sanjek, David. "Medium Cool." Senses of Cinema, Jul2008, Issue 48, p34-34, 1p UC users only

No Way Out (1987)
Directed by Roger Donaldson. Cast: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff, Jason Bernard. A powerful tale of intrigue set in the political whirl of Washington and the inner corridors of the Pentagon involving a coverup and witchhunt after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. Based on the book The big clock by Kenneth Fearing. 114 min. DVD X5764; vhs 999:2301
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Ceplair, Larry. "No way out." Cineaste, 1988, Vol. 16 Issue 1-2, p72-73, 2p
Haspel, Paul. "Agency Games in Cold War Washington: Politics and Gender in No Way Out." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Fall2010, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p133-142, 10p UC users only
Kael, Pauline. "No way out." New Yorker, September 7 1987, Vol. 63, p98-100, 3p
Lyons, Donald. "Homeless: The films of Roger Donaldson." Film Comment, Jan/Feb94, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p64, 4p UC users only
Simon, John. "No way out." National Review, September 25 1987, Vol. 39, p59-61, 3p UC users only

The Parallax View (1974)
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss. A superb political thriller about one man's paranoia that turns out to be fact! A news reporter along with seven others, witnesses the assassination of a political candidate. When the other seven die in "accidents," the newsman begins to doubt the official position: that a lone madman was responsible for the crime. 102 min. DVD X4361; vhs 999:3183
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Cook, David. "1974: Movies and Political Trauma." In: American cinema of the 1970s : themes and variations / edited by Lester D. Friedman. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A8577 2007)
Kaplan, Fred. "Parallax View: Political Paranoia." Jump Cut, vol. 3, pp. 4-5, Sept 1974 UC users only
Lev, Peter "Disaster and Conspiracy: Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Jaws, The Parallax View, Chinatown." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)
Nelson, John S. "Conspiracy as a Hollywood Trope for System." Political Communication, Volume 20, Issue 4 October 2003 , pages 499 - 503 UC users only
Palmer, James W.; Riley, Michael M. "America's Conspiracy Syndrome: From Capra to Pakula." Studies in the Humanities, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 21-27, Mar. 1981
Palmer, R. Barton. "The Hitchcock Romance and the '70s Paranoid Thriller." In: After Hitchcock : influence, imitation, and intertextuality / edited by David Boyd and R. Barton Palmer. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.H58 A68 2006)
Zelizer, Barbie. "The Kennedy assassination through a popular eye: toward a politics of remembering." Journal of Communication Inquiry; 1992, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p21-36, 16p UC users only

The Politics of Love (2011)
Directed by William Dear. Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Brian J. White, Loretta Devine, Gerry Bednob, Ruby Dee. In this comedy romance a conservative Republican falls for an Obama campaign volunteer in the time leading up to the 2008 U.S. Presidental election. 90 min. DVD X6690
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Trial by Media (TV, 2000)
Directed by Sheldon Larry. Cast: Christine Lahti, Tom Skerritt, Jay Thomas, Mark Feuerstein, Stanley Anderson, Blake Lindsley, Scott Michael Campbell, Matt Weinberg, Will Rothhaar, Caroline Aaron, Teri Austin, Karen Kim. Lyssa Grant Hughes has given blood sweat and tears to build a name for herself as a doctor. As a respected physician promoting women's health issues and fighting for women's rights, she has decided to set her sights on a career in politics. When a family friend tips a reporter about a minor indiscretion in her past, Lyssa's campaign becomes the focus of a media feeding frenzy. 92 min. DVD X6893
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Wag the Dog (1997)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Willie Nelson. When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, a Presidential advisor brings in a spin doctor, who decides they need a war to distract the media's attention and he calls on Hollywood's top producer to create it. Based on the book American hero by Larry Beinhart. Special DVD features: Cast & crew biographies & filmographies, feature length audio commentary by director Barry Levinson and actor Dustin Hoffman, original theatrical trailer, essay on politics and the media "The line between truth and fiction", featurette "From Washington to Hollywood and back" which contains interviews with Tom Brokaw, Barry Levinson, John Frankenheimer and others, interview with William H. Macy "Macy on Mamet." 96 min. DVD X1821
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