5 Films to Tell You What Dirty Politics Is About

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by Anna Shabashova
12.08.2020
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power," Abraham Lincoln used to say. Politics often becomes the field for a foul play, interoffice intrigues, cunning machinations and corruption.

Here you will find 5 films that show the backstage of the real political life.
Wag the Dog (1997)

Political satire, black comedy

Wag the Dog, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, is a satirical story about one "tiny", yet, ingenious swindle before elections. To distract society from the sex scandal in which he is involved, the USA president hires a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer. And they decide to fabricate a little victorious war in Europe. Sounds ridiculous, isn't it? But just as the movie was hitting theaters, Bill Clinton, incumbent president of the USA, became embroiled in sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky and months later, he decided to bomb a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. Coincidence? Well, we'll never know.

All The King's Men (1949)

Film noir

All The King's Men is based on the 1946 Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. It stars Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, and Joanne Dru. This film tells a story of a simple guy named Willie Stark, who has made a political career up to the chair of the state governor. But everything has its own price and Willie gradually gives up his idealistic beliefs, sinking to the bottom of corruption and lies. The movie shows that the political machine, in fact, will corrupt every decent man it touches.


The Ides of March (2011)

Drama

The Ides of March is George Clooney's fourth directorial experience. The lead role is played by Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for it. The movie script is based on the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon. A young and inexperienced assistant to a famous politician and senatorial candidate (Ryan Gosling) accidentally discovers what skeletons are hidden in his boss's closet (George Clooney). From the naive assistant, he turns into his worst enemy and starts his own game in order to blow the whistle on his boss. For this screenplay, George Clooney has been nominated for an Oscar
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The Candidate (1972)

Comedy, drama

If All The Kings Men was the greatest generation wrestling with the unavoidable cynicism that comes with politics, then The Candidate was the film that saw the boomers moving from their idealistic youth to a place of disenchantment. The film tells about an election campaign for a post of the senator. Pretty-boy idealist lawyer Robert Redford is running for California Senator. Suddenly he finds out that the more he speaks in generalities the greater is his popularity. The Oscar-winning screenplay was written by Jeremy Larner, a speechwriter of Senator Eugene McCarthy.

All the President's Men (1976)

Historical drama, political detective

Alan Pakula's already legendary historical drama All the King's Men tells about one of the worst pages of political confrontation in the United States, the Watergate wiretapping scandal, involving the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) wind up exposing the seamy underside of partisan realpolitik and underline the crucial role of a free press in holding leaders accountable. It's one of the best political detectives and yet there are no shooting nor corpses in the closets.




 
5 Films to Tell You What Dirty Politics Is About

SHOTS
by Anna Shabashova
12.08.2020
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power," Abraham Lincoln used to say. Politics often becomes the field for a foul play, interoffice intrigues, cunning machinations and corruption.

Here you will find 5 films that show the backstage of the real political life.
Wag the Dog (1997)
Political satire, black comedy

Wag the Dog, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, is a satirical story about one "tiny", yet, ingenious swindle before elections. To distract society from the sex scandal in which he is involved, the USA president hires a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer. And they decide to fabricate a little victorious war in Europe. Sounds ridiculous, isn't it? But just as the movie was hitting theaters, Bill Clinton, incumbent president of the USA, became embroiled in sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky and months later, he decided to bomb a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. Coincidence? Well, we'll never know.
All The King's Men (1949)
Film noir

All The King's Men is based on the 1946 Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. It stars Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, and Joanne Dru. This film tells a story of a simple guy named Willie Stark, who has made a political career up to the chair of the state governor. But everything has its own price and Willie gradually gives up his idealistic beliefs, sinking to the bottom of corruption and lies. The movie shows that the political machine, in fact, will corrupt every decent man it touches.
The Ides of March (2011)
Drama

The Ides of March is George Clooney's fourth directorial experience. The lead role is played by Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for it. The movie script is based on the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon. A young and inexperienced assistant to a famous politician and senatorial candidate (Ryan Gosling) accidentally discovers what skeletons are hidden in his boss's closet (George Clooney). From the naive assistant, he turns into his worst enemy and starts his own game in order to blow the whistle on his boss. For this screenplay, George Clooney has been nominated for an Oscar.
The Candidate (1972)
Comedy, drama

If All The Kings Men was the greatest generation wrestling with the unavoidable cynicism that comes with politics, then The Candidate was the film that saw the boomers moving from their idealistic youth to a place of disenchantment. The film tells about an election campaign for a post of the senator. Pretty-boy idealist lawyer Robert Redford is running for California Senator. Suddenly he finds out that the more he speaks in generalities the greater is his popularity. The Oscar-winning screenplay was written by Jeremy Larner, a speechwriter of Senator Eugene McCarthy.
All the President's Men (1976)
Historical drama, political detective

Alan Pakula's already legendary historical drama All the President's Men tells about one of the worst pages of political confrontation in the United States, the Watergate wiretapping scandal, involving the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) wind up exposing the seamy underside of partisan realpolitik and underline the crucial role of a free press in holding leaders accountable. It's one of the best political detectives and yet there are no shooting nor corpses in the closets.
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