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Classic political movies


In the midst of the election campaign we asked B.C. Almanac listeners for a classic political film and were swamped with suggestions. Film historian Michael van den Bos had lots too. Here are his picks, followed by some of our listeners' suggestions:

·         All The King's Men (1949) / D. by Robert Rossen

·         All The President's Men (1976) / D. by Alan J. Pakula

·         Citizen Kane  (1941) / D. by Orson Welles / W. by Herman J. Mankiewicz & Orson         Welles

·         Gabriel Over the White House (1933) / D. by Gregory La Cava

·         Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) / D. by Frank Capra / W. by Sidney Buchman

·         State of the Union 1948) / D. by Frank Capra

·         Tanner  '88 (1988) / D. by Robert Altman / Made for HBO - 11 episodes

·         The Candidate (1972) / D. by Michael Ritchie / W. by Jeremy Larner: won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

·         The Contender (2000)/ W. & D. by Rod Lurie

·         The Great McGinty  (1940) / W. & D. by Preston Sturges / 21 April 2013, TCM, recorded / Preston Sturges won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

·         The Last Hurrah(1958) / D. John Ford

·         Wag the Dog (1997) / D. by Barry Levinson


.    Ghandi

.    The Campaign

.    To Kill A Mockingbird

.    Bulworth

.    Manchurian Candidate

.    Bob Roberts

.    High Noon

.    Downfall

.    The Best Man

.    Three Days of the Condor

.    Beckett

            .    Little Big Man

            .    Dr Strangelove

            .    Salvador
    
            .    JFK


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