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:

"Duck Soup" (1933)- the Marx Brothers piercing satire of nationalism and diplomacy

"Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964) - Stanley Kubrick’s satire of Cold War paranoia

"Dave" (1993) - the Clinton-era depiction of what happens when an ordinary man becomes president.

Join in on the conversation! Leave a comment and tell us what you think about the 3 films we've chosen. Has Hollywood done a good job of portraying politics?


John Belton and Richard Corliss
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Comments [4]

Jackie from Brooklyn

With the exception of a couple of jokes that were a bit racist or sexist, this film does a very good job at mocking politics as we know it. Great fun.

Feb. 05 2008 10:04 AM
lafou from nyc

Duck Soup at the Cub Room was great! Thank you.

Feb. 05 2008 09:21 AM
Abigail from NYC

Hail Fredonia!

Jan. 24 2008 01:23 PM
Joe from Brooklyn

I can't wait to come to this event. I love the Marx Brothers.

Jan. 23 2008 03:12 PM

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