Politics and Film
Politics and Film PS 3100
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The Fog of War 2003 Directed by Errol Morris An American documentary film about the life and times of former US Secretary of Defense Robert S McNamara as well as illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare The Fog of War depicts his life from his birth during the First World War remembering the time American troops returned from Europe to working as a WWII Whiz Kid military officer to being the Ford Motor Company39s president to his being employed as Secretary of Defense and the Cuban Missile Crisis to managing the American Vietnam War as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson Looked directly at the camera when speaking Won Oscar for best documentary All video and sound clips were real except the Gulf ofTonkin landing Successful empathy Cuban Missile Crisis Unilaterally on your own without consulting the rest of the world Iraq Leadership leaders are flawed Limits to rationality quotWhiz Kid Human nature remain the same quotDomino Theory of the cold war Containing the spread of communism If 1 country goes communist then another will and another etc McNamra s 11 war ethics DWNP P PPE JI I I Hp Empathize with your enemy Rationality will not save us There39s something beyond one39s self civil engagement Maximize efficiency Proportionality should be a guideline in war Get the data Belief and seeing are often both wrong Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning In order to do good you may have to engage in evil the ends justify the means Never say never You can39t change human nature Nothing but the Truth 2008 Directed by Rod Lurie Inspiration for the screenplay was the case ofjournalist Judith Miller who in July 2005 was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating a leak naming Valerie Plame as a covert CIA operative Political roles of the pressmedia Reporting the news Interpreting the news analyze Agenda setting Influencing public opinion Means of communication between politicians and public quotwatchdogquot role lets you see there s something wrong Negative roles of the pressmedia Biasnegative bias market driven Partisan Inaccuracy National security vs freedom of the press Journalism ethics Special prosecutor try to get someone who has no input someone outside both parties The Ghost Writer 2010 Directed by Roman Polanski When a successful British ghostwriter Ewan McGregor agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang Pierce Brosnan his agent assures him it is the opportunity of a lifetime But the project seems doomed from the start not least because his predecessor on the project Lang39s longterm aide died in an apparent accident The ghostwriter flies out to work on the project in the middle of winter at an oceanfront house in the fictional American village of Old Haven an allusion to Vineyard Haven on Martha39s Vineyard But the day he arrives a former British foreign minister named Rycart accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA a possible war crime Lang faces the threat of prosecution by the International Criminal Court unless he stays in the US or goes to another country that does not recognize that court Political Themes Adam Lang Tony Blair Conspiracy The wife worked for the CIA Death of the former ghost writer flashlight on the beach etc After national leaders leave office They want to make money They want a place in history ICC International Criminal Court tried cases on genocide and crimes against humanity Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009 Directed by Phil Lord amp Christopher Miller Political relevance The mayor selfish corrupt only looking out for himself manipulator doesn t accept responsibility for his actions wants to be big Big appetites can represent wanting power Boosterism element llSardine landquot the raining food wants to boost the town s popularity Complicated mechanical systems the food machine the internet the gulf oil spill The Japan tsunami etc What motivates Flint his dad s approval politicians need approval from citizens to get re elected Antiintellectualism gender roles Sam s smart but she was tired of being made fun of so she starts acting dumb
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