Reelpolitik II moves past typical left-right political distinctions to examine political ideologies cycling through U.S. history during the '50s and '60s. These eight Cold War movies especially equipped the moviegoer with a unique vantage point to scrutinize the arms race, the Red Scare, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. They also helped audiences to observe the way film functions as a purveyor of American mythology, a megaphone to shout political messages, a metaphorical route to the emotions, a flattering mirror, an unflattering microscope, and a magic carpet ride back to the future.
Beverly Merrill Kelley is full professor and founder of the communication department at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.
Chapter 1 1 Introduction: A Tale of Two Cities, Parameters, the Language of Politics Chapter 2 2 Populism in The Last Hurrah Chapter 3 3 Elitism in Advise and Consent Chapter 4 4 Fascism in A Face in the Crowd Chapter 5 5 Antifascism in Seven Days in May Chapter 6 6 Interventionism in The Green Berets Chapter 7 7 Isolationism in The Steel Helmet Chapter 8 8 Cold War Hawkism in The Manchurian Candidate Chapter 9 9 Cold War Dovism in Dr. Strangelove; or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb Chapter 10 10 Conclusion: Myth, Megaphone, Metaphor, Mirror, Microscope, and Magic Carpet Chapter 11 Ideological Filmolgoy Chapter 12 Selected Bibliography