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Political Films: A Cock and Bull List

by Dzimas
Political Films: A Cock and Bull List by Dzimas
Political films is a hard category to pin down. One can take many routes from political thrillers to biting satires to compelling documentaries. I tend to prefer satires, as they have a rich history including Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which Michael Winterbottom turned in a game effort making into a movie, Tristram Shandy, A Cock and Bull Story. The 18th century was a great period for satirical writing, giving us superb authors like Voltaire, Jonathon Swift and Sterne. American politics tended to take itself more seriously, but Benjamin Franklin wasn’t above using humor to make his political… Read more

Political films is a hard category to pin down. One can take many routes from political thrillers to biting satires to compelling documentaries. I tend to prefer satires, as they have a rich history including Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which Michael Winterbottom turned in a game effort making into a movie, Tristram Shandy, A Cock and Bull Story. The 18th century was a great period for satirical writing, giving us superb authors like Voltaire, Jonathon Swift and Sterne. American politics tended to take itself more seriously, but Benjamin Franklin wasn’t above using humor to make his political points in Poor Richard’s Almanack.

This survey of the cinematic landscape ranges from propaganda films like The Birth of a Nation and Triumph of the Will to political thrillers like The Parallax View and The Ghost Writer, which I explored in another list Ghost in the Machine. I have peppered this list with satires which I thought made some rather trenchant observations on the nature of political man. Obviously there will be some crucial omissions, so please feel free to respond.

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