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Y200 Politics and Film, Lecture #18
April 12, 2011

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  1. 1. April 12, 2011
  2. 2. Giglio on Hollywood Lawyers <ul><li>“ What does Hollywood have against lawyers? The answer is ‘nothing’ because the studios hire many and work closely with them. How, then, to explain their screen portrayals? One explanation is that the entertainment media has turned lawyering into a performance art. In a culture dominated by the visual media, the screen courtroom is no longer a venue for sifting through the facts to discover the truth. Rather it is an opportunity for lawyers to sway jurors with emotional appeals, bombastic rhetoric, and courtroom tricks.” (p. 171) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Evil Female Lawyers <ul><li>Glenn Close in Jagged Edge </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in Mass Action </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Hershey in Defenseless </li></ul><ul><li>Jessica Lang in Music Box </li></ul><ul><li>Kelly McGillis in The Accused </li></ul>Giglio, pp. 168-9
  4. 4. TV Shows Featuring Lawyers <ul><li>The Good Wife </li></ul><ul><li>LA Law </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Legal </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mainstream Films of the 1960s <ul><li>James Bond spy movies </li></ul><ul><li>Advise and Consent (1962) </li></ul><ul><li>The Best Man (1964) </li></ul><ul><li>The Ugly American (1963) </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Berets (1968) </li></ul><ul><li>Patton (1970) </li></ul>Christensen and Haas, Ch. 8
  6. 6. President Nixon Loved “Patton” <ul><li>“ One of the most fascinating sections of Nixon at the Movies is its discussion of a film close to the President's heart: Patton (1970).  It stars George C. Scott as the American General, a devout Christian who believes in reincarnation, leading his forces in a series of victorious battles across North Africa, Sicily and Bastogne in France until he finally ploughs through to Germany itself.  Patton is shown as brusque, disconcertingly frank, a believer in the rightness and efficacy of American military might.” </li></ul>Source: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/sukhdevsandhu/blog/ 2009/01/23/nixon_and_the_movies
  7. 7. Counterculture Films of the 1960s <ul><li>Easy Rider (1969) </li></ul><ul><li>Bonnie and Clyde (1967) </li></ul><ul><li>The Graduate (1967) </li></ul><ul><li>Z (1969) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Paranoia and Cynicism in 1970s Films <ul><li>The Candidate (1972) </li></ul><ul><li>All the President’s Men (1976) </li></ul><ul><li>Network (1976) </li></ul><ul><li>Being There (1979) </li></ul><ul><li>The China Syndrome (1979) </li></ul>Christensen and Haas, ch. 9
  9. 9. The New Patriotism of the 1980s <ul><li>The Rambo franchise </li></ul><ul><li>Top Gun (1986) </li></ul><ul><li>The Right Stuff (1983) </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Norris films </li></ul><ul><li>Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger films </li></ul>
  10. 10. Science Fiction of the 1990s <ul><li>Later Star Wars episodes </li></ul><ul><li>Men in Black (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>The Truman Show (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>The Matrix (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Minority Report (2002) </li></ul>

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