A Monthly Political Feature on The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Projections

From corrupt candidates to virtuous do-gooders, presidents and politicians have been popular subjects on the silver screen since the early days of film. Each month, from now until Election Day 2008, Leonard talks to film critics, historians, filmmakers, and listeners to find out how Hollywood has portrayed Washington politics over the past 70 years.

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Political Projections: The Bush Years on Film

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Find out how the film industry has responded to the Bush years. The films we look at are:
HBO's "Recount" (2008)
"Rendition" (2007)
"W." (2008)
"D.C. 9/11: Time of Crisis" (2003)

Barbara Kellerman is James McGregor Burns Lecturer ...

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Political Projections: Biopics

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Advisors to President Bush have claimed that “perception is reality.” We look at the ways presidents are portrayed in biographical films. When are biopics accurate depictions, and when are they more about myth-making? Leonard talks to Professor Jay Parker of Georgetown University's Department of Government, and film critic David Thomson. ...

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Political Projections: Nixon in Hollywood

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

On Tues., Sept. 9, tune in for a discussion on how President Richard Nixon has been depicted by Hollywood. Leonard talks with journalist Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland; and Brian Neve, a professor of cultural studies at the University of Bath in England and author of Film and ...

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Political Projections: The Wrong Man for the Job

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Not all political candidates are created equal. Sometimes, the most successful ones are those who have taken part in the shady deals, compromise, and hypocrisy that have become too common in American politics. Joining Leonard to discuss how Hollywood has depicted far-from-ideal candidates are Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at ...

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Political Projections: Commander in Chief

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

As Commander in Chief, the President of the United States controls the Army, Navy, Air Force, and state militias. On this month’s Political Projections, we look at how Hollywood has taken on this specific function of the President. Robert Sklar is Professor of Cinema in the Department of ...

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Political Projections: Machine Politics

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

We look at how Hollywood has dealt with the world of machine politics, and how it's used characters like the nefarious party boss and the do-good reformer -- from their heyday between 1875 and 1950 up to the present. Daniel Eagan is a film critic for Film Journal ...

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Political Projections: Remakes

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Political films are among the most frequently remade films in Hollywood. We compare the originals and remakes of “All the King’s Men” and “The Manchurian Candidate” to see how each depicts the politics of the time in which it was made.

Philip Gianos of California State University, Fullerton, is the ...

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Political Projections: Political Idealism in Hollywood

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Politics is often a dirty business. But many Americans still yearn for political idealism. Tune in to our latest Political Projections on Tuesday, April 1st, when we look into how idealistic politicians have been depicted in film over the years. Joseph McBride is Assistant Professor of cinema at San Francisco ...

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Political Projections: Hollywood's Political Cynicism

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

From scandals and spin to special interest groups and lobbyists, many Americans are very cynical about the motives of politicians and even the democratic process itself. On Political Projections, we look at how Hollywood has showcased American cynicism about politics.

Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at The Cleveland ...

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Political Projections: Hollywood Pokes Fun at Politics

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

For the second installment of our political film series: how Hollywood has poked fun at politics and politicians. Richard Corliss is film critic and Senior Writer at TIME Magazine; John Belton is an English professor at Rutgers University. We’ve chosen three films that span the length of American movies:

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Political Projections: Campaigning Goes to Hollywood

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

For the first in our new Political Projections film series, we look into how Hollywood has portrayed campaigns over the years. We've chosen 4 films to discuss:

"Primary" (1960)

"Tanner ’88" (1988)

"The War Room" (1993)

"Primary Colors" (1998)

Here to talk ...

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