Presidents in the Movies

The presidents of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are interpretedmore intermsof the moviemakers' ... adarker image in films dealing withpostKennedy presidents. and To contextualize the presidents movies under consideration, ...

Author: I. Morgan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230117112

Category: History

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Cinematic depictions of real U.S. presidents from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush explore how Hollywood movies represent American history and politics on screen. Morgan and his contributors show how films blend myth and reality to present a positive message about presidents as the epitome of America's values and idealism until unpopular foreign wars in Vietnam and Iraq led to a darker portrayal of the imperial presidency, operated by Richard Nixon and Bush 43. This exciting new collection further considers how Hollywood has continually reinterpreted historically significant presidents, notably Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to fit the times in which movies about them were made.

The Representation of the American Presidency in Recent Hollywood Movies

Thesis (M.A.) from the year 1998 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, LMU Munich, language: English, abstract: In Hollywood film history, the U.S. president has had many images - a brave leader, an ...

Author: Marie Axland

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640249602

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 170

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 1998 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, LMU Munich, 300 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In Hollywood film history, the U.S. president has had many images - a brave leader, an incompetent fool, a lovable hero. One thing is for certain: No matter what era, Presidents, whether fictional or real, are frequent fodder for filmmakers. After Vietnam and the revelations of Watergate, however, the number of films with presidential portrayals steadily decreased, and the depictions that did appear generally cast a corrupt or inept Chief Executive. It is therefore more than surprising why filmmakers today have decided to produce such an incredibly large number of films as compared to the last two decades. Presidents have been portrayed as minor characters in dozens of Hollywood films, either for inspirational purposes or simply to keep the plot moving. Lately, not only the number of President films has increased significantly, but there is also a clear tendency to let the Presidents move towards center stage, and they are now often pictured as the protagonists. This phenomenon opens up a whole range of questions: How are the Presidents depicted? Is there a certain trend in the portrayals? Or are those portrayed all different from each other? Are there differences or similarities to older characterizations? What does this tell us about Hollywood’s view of the Presidency? Has it suddenly changed? And what are the reasons for such a sudden boost in the number of films? By taking a closer look at a selection of Hollywood productions, this paper provides an attempt to find answers to these questions. Of the string of fictional Presidents that American filmmakers have recently created, some are more loathsome than their real-life counterparts, others more heroic. Both types seem designed to connect with audiences’ hopes and fears - what the Hollywood dream factory does best. Interestingly, the portrayals have been all over the map: genial, kind-hearted impostor (Dave); reluctant, alien-fighting hero (Independence Day); pompous, delusional incompetent (Mars Attacks!); sympathetic, romantic widower (The American President); distracted, workaholic father (First Kid); promiscuous, murderous hypocrite (Absolute Power); tough defender of family and country (Air Force One), to name only a few. By discussing a selection of presidential films, this thesis examines Hollywood’s portrayal of the American Presidency.

Presidents in the Movies

This exciting new collection further considers how Hollywood has continually reinterpreted historically significant presidents, notably Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to fit the times in which movies about ...

Author: Iwan W. Morgan

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230113281

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Cinematic depictions of real U.S. presidents from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush explore how Hollywood movies represent American history and politics on screen. Morgan and his contributors show how films blend myth and reality to present a positive message about presidents as the epitome of America’s values and idealism until unpopular foreign wars in Vietnam and Iraq led to a darker portrayal of the imperial presidency, operated by Richard Nixon and Bush 43. This exciting new collection further considers how Hollywood has continually reinterpreted historically significant presidents, notably Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to fit the times in which movies about them were made.

Movies and the Reagan Presidency

In a way that was almost unprecedented in both American history and the history of American cinema, the 1980s were a time in which a United States president - a former B-movie actor and Cold War industry activist - served as a catalyst for ...

Author: Chris Jordan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275979679

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

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In a way that was almost unprecedented in both American history and the history of American cinema, the 1980s were a time in which a United States president - a former B-movie actor and Cold War industry activist - served as a catalyst for the coalescence of trends in Hollywood's political structure, mode of production, and the content of its films.

Film and the American Presidency

soft and hard symbolics of the president's two bodies are wrong—they're clearly at play in this movie—another, third, symbolic dimension of the presidential body foregrounded by these two movies is present, something we might more ...

Author: Jeff Menne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135049928

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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The contention of Film and the American Presidency is that over the twentieth century the cinema has been a silent partner in setting the parameters of what we might call the presidential imaginary. This volume surveys the partnership in its longevity, placing stress on especially iconic presidents such as Lincoln and FDR. The contributions to this collection probe the rich interactions between these high institutions of culture and politics—Hollywood and the presidency—and argue that not only did Hollywood acting become an idiom for presidential style, but that Hollywood early on understood its own identity through the presidency’s peculiar mix of national epic and unified protagonist. Additionally, they contend that studios often made their films to sway political outcomes; that the performance of presidential personae has been constrained by the kinds of bodies (for so long, white and male) that have occupied the office, such that presidential embodiment obscures the body politic; and that Hollywood and the presidency may finally be nothing more than two privileged figures of media-age power.

The Modern American Presidency

With his usual shrewdness , the president created a film persona that made him as recognizable a figure in the nation's theaters as the film celebrities with whom he consorted.27 In return for this access to stars , Coolidge helped ...

Author: Lewis L. Gould

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124143137

Category: History

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The standard work on the modern American presidency, providing a concise, accessible, and entertaining survey of presidents over the past century.

Film Bulletin

In response to groups which have recently criticized current film product, the community Relations Department of the ... in turn, generates more appeal,” is the way Robert S. Ferguson, Columbia vice president in charge of promotion, ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105008345741

Category: Motion picture industry

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Character in Chief The Personality and Character of Current and Past Presidents

Reagan's histrionic tendency to be the “hero” in aromantic story, was intensified by his Hollywood years and by his continued immersion in movies after he was elected to the White House. As President, Reagan went to Camp David on 183 ...

Author: John M. Berecz, Ph.D.

Publisher: Green Dragon Books

ISBN: 9780893347369

Category: Political Science

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Using analytic skills honed to a sharp edge with years of psychotherapy experience, John Berecz explores such contemporary issues as "Was Nixon a wife beater?" "Was Dubya smart enough to be president?" "Is Gore too uptight to lead the free world?" "Did the 2000 election boil down to a choice between personality and competence?" Skillfully, Berecz explores the relationship between character and personality, helping the reader understand how a man with the moral integrity of Jimmy Carter could bungle the presidency and a man like Clinton, with so little character, could manage it so successfully. Drawing on thee decades of teaching and therapy, Berecz burrows beneath the surface of personality and character to reveal the real person working in the Oval Office. With penetrating insight and concise writing, the author acquaints the reader with the real people behind the pageantry of the presidency. This book clearly disentangles the contradictions of Bill Clinton's presidency by examining his split personality. Berecz explains and clinically documents Clinton's dual personalities: a sociopathic personality (Slick Willy) and a codependent personality (Baptist Billy). Resulting from Clinton's two-world childhood, these personalities are only loosely connected an operate serially to control his behavior. Like many adult children of alcoholics (ACA), Clinton seeks-by-turn-to please or to manipulate. Baptist Billy told voters "I feel your pain," and he did, but Slick Willy said he "didn't inhale," and didn't have sex with "that woman." Character in Chief is must reading for anyone interested in politics in general and the presidency in particular. With fairness and compassion Berecz will lead you to a deeper understanding of our great democracy and the people who lead it.

The Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures

WELWORTH THEATER CO, 704 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolls, Minn. ... L. H. Weskil THEATRES (6): Idaho, SANDPOINT: Panida, Lake, Motor Movie. ... Tuxedo 5-0491 President and Director L. S. Hanum Vice-President & Assistant Secy.-Treasurer .

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ISBN: UOM:39015035880841

Category: Motion picture industry

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American Presidents A Curious Look at a Unique Cohort

A history of America's birth and evolution through its Presidents V.S. Dharmakumar ... almost played Kennedy in the 1963 movie PT109, which was based on the sinking of Kennedy's boat in the Solomon Islands. President Kennedy wanted ...

Author: V.S. Dharmakumar

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 9781645875574

Category: Political Science

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Believe it or not, an American president was arrested for running over a woman with his horse. He was not the only one to be arrested (two more were). George Washington preferred fox hunting with his dogs than going to church. Young Abraham Lincoln fell into a deep ditch and was saved by his dog. And after he was assassinated, his dog `Fido’ also was assassinated. Who was the President who worked as a bartender? And the one who once officially served as an executioner? The President of the United States is considered one of the world's most powerful people, leading the world’s only current superpower. His role includes being the commander-in-chief of the world's most expensive military with the largest nuclear arsenal with the nuclear button on his desk. This book is the result of over a decade of research and writing. It is a comprehensive compendium - a single-volume book, about the 44 men the entire world looked upon as the most powerful men in the world. 44 men who formed the 45 presidencies of the United States of America through 58 quadrennial presidential elections in the 230 years from 1789. This book covers the presidency of the successful liquor distributor and owner of a distillery George Washington, to the presidency of Donald Trump, the oldest, wealthiest man without any prior military or government service experience to ever assume the presidency.