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"Politics" in Theatre (Oedipus) and Shakespeare's political mind


... 2008 film.vtheatre.net/movies : Movies and Politics [ commercials | W. ] showcase for Film & Movies class

"W.” isn’t as visually baroque as “JFK” (1991) and “Nixon” (1995), Mr. Stone’s darker, more ambitious excursions into the American psyche and presidency, partly because, I think, he does not yet have enough aesthetic distance from his subject and partly because he seems keen to weigh in as more evenhanded than usual. But while he has tamped down his style, he retains a pleasingly fluid approach to narrative. The story repeatedly shifts between scenes of the younger Bush meandering through his life, and the older Bush navigating through the early stages of the Iraq war. This shuttling across time and space undercuts the drama — the story doesn’t so much build as restlessly circle back — but it puts into visual terms Mr. Stone’s ideas about the present and past being mutually implicated.


Movies as Politics [ topics & themes ]


"Because Reality Is Measured In Fiction" (Movie-Politics)

Documentaries? Documentary, too.

... "November" by Mamet


Aristotle at the movies: 3 Principles [Structure]

Social vs. Political


Celebrity Cult and Amateurs

What's wrong with entertainment?

... W. & Olive Stone [knol]

2009 : cine101 * 2008 * kickapps.com/film-north

TOPICS: drama + comedy + postmodern + time + space + death + self + imdb + history + scripts + amazon.com/kindle
FILM and/or Movies --
"Last Class" -- group project:

The movies are not about politics? Ideology concept.

... 10 Great, Classic Political Movies Power, Money and Politics on the Silver Screen (About.com)

my poll?

Movies as Politics : social function

myspace.com/anatolant -- politics blog

... And visual politics.

REACTIONS (random) :

Dreyfuss and Stone both know Voltaire"s 18th Century statement is vital to democracy: "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."

"W." unfolds in two collage-like narrative streams: The series of White House meetings in 2003 leading up to the Iraq war and flashbacks to the many stages of George W. Bush's past.

... and "Citizen McCain" ?

He'd look you in the eye with that American salesman/Junior Chamber of Commerce executive look. [WJ]

That's partly what makes the climactic dream sequence—a surreal showdown between Poppy and Dubya in the Oval Office—such a letdown. It comes out of nowhere. It seems uncharacteristic, when Stone had been playing it pretty straight all along.


" In this scenario, the younger Bush became president to take revenge on the elder. Stone has Dubya watching the 1992 election returns with his family. As defeated Poppy chokes back tears, Dubya trumps even the bilious, class-fueled anti-Clinton rage expressed by mother Barbara (Ellen Burstyn) in ranting about H.W.’s failure to go all the way to Baghdad. This W. is the saga of a tormented, father-obsessed asshole who manages to play out his family drama on a world-historical stage.

( + ) The second thesis credits Dubya with a powerful insight into American politics. Having checked his alcoholism with a regimen of fundamentalist Bible study and consequently served as Poppy’s liaison to the Christian right, the younger Bush assimilated Christian values rhetoric and successfully organized an evangelical base that would enable him to pulverize John McCain in the 2000 primaries and win re-election in 2004.

... Not fair (not a problem) and definitely not balanced: The least-nuanced performance in a film full of cartoon characterizations is Brolin’s Bush."

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... "W" : Oliver Stone :

http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/816965/34253727 -- LA Times : LATimes review

What is wrong with the picture?

Story? [ script issues ]

W. -- three act structure::
1. Youth, 2. Midlife crisis, 3. President's Dead End
Composition -- flashbacks.
Dreams -- ?


Asian Journalist: Mr. President, what place do you think you will have in history?
George W. Bush: History? In history we'll all be dead!

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2008/10/w-oliver-stone.html -- process it through docs.google.com to have my comments?


* page @ groups.google.com/group/filmstudy [class forum]

[ poll : PP - personal politics ]

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/politicsbib.html U.S. Politics and the Movies & Television: A Short Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries


Movies as Politics By Jonathan Rosenbaum [ books.google.com ]

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