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Robert Redford in The Candidate

Robert Redford in The Candidate

Even if you’re competently media literate, it might be hard not to feel pretty burned out from the non-stop buzz of images and sounds from all the electioneering.  Maybe it might be the perfect moment to get inspired by some classic movies.  There are documentaries like PrimaryThe War Roomand Our Brand is Crisis.  Or there are the classic feature films The Candidate and Bulworth.  And from television among the best are The West Wing and House of Cards.  

Or maybe you just need to turn it all off.  But it’s not going away yet.

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Iconic image of Robert Redford in “The Candidate”

Here is an excellent discussion between Bill Moyers and Neal Gabler (with fine choices of clips from the undervalued classic The Candidate along with George Clooney’s The Ides of March).  Gabler and Moyers discuss many issues that will be featured themes of this blog and work especially well with issues raised in Chapters 5 and 6 of Moving Images: the influence of movies on politics; news literacy; advertising culture and democracy; the struggle between depth and superficiality in moving images, media narratives, acting, creative expression, and independent thought.  This interview is exceptionally informative, thought provoking, and useful for debate and further inquiry; it is simply a treasure trove for studies of media literacy and contemporary culture — political and otherwise.  Highly recommended!

I will be back soon with discussion of the Oscars and useful links regarding the movies that got the nods from the Academy voters.   And here’s another interesting link: Neal Gabler’s choices for Ten Great Political Films.

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