Feature films are jam-packed with political messages. This volume provides the tools for analyzing the politics embedded in films. Contributors reveal how subliminal messages are a clue to how the public perceives political reality through otherwise entertaining feature films.
The volume is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on defining political films while Part Two looks at how "politics" is defined within films. Contributors find several ways of defining "political films", but agree that while the messages in films may often seem progressive, they are usually quite conservative, with the aim of making as much money as possible for the people financing the films.
The book provides a history of political film and identifies several hundred films with specific political messages.
Michael Haas (PhD, Stanford University) is President of the Political Film Society and Adjunct Professor at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He was previously at the University of Hawai?i for 35 years. He has edited and authored over 40 books on government and politics. In 2010, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Contents: Michael Haas: Films Contain Political Messages - Michael A. Genovese: Art and Politics: The Political Film as a Pedagogical Tool - Ernest D. Giglio: Searching for the Political Film - John W. Williams: The Real Oliver North Loses: The Reel Bob Roberts Wins - Hans Noel: Escape from the Bowling Alley: Traditional Associations as the Antagonist in Popular Film - Elizabeth Haas: The Politics of Disaster Films - Andrew L. Aoki: The Blending of a Kaleidoscopic Culture: Films on Asian Americans - Michael Haas: Films about Thailand and Vietnam - Michael A. Genovese: Epilog. Using Political Films in the Classroom - Appendix. Films Nominated by the Political Film Society, 1986-2014.