What? You say you're not sick of politics yet? Then, in honor of Election Day, I offer the following viewing suggestions:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Dir. Frank Capra What we wish for: integrity wins out. Highlights? Many. My favorite? Jimmy Stewart’s filibuster.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Dir. John Frankenheimer The Korean War, brainwashing, and secret plots. Favorite character: Angela Lansbury as the mother from Hell.
The Candidate (1972) Dir. Michael Ritchie Robert Redford as an honest guy who runs for a senate seat and becomes corrupted by the process.
Being There (1979) Dir. Hal Ashby A chain of events thrusts a simple gardener into politics. Favorite scene: Peter Sellers, as Chance the gardener, walking on water.
Dave (1993) Dir. Ivan Reitman Kevin Kline, the owner of a temp agency, is hired to impersonate a suddenly comatose president. Favorite Scene: Sigourney Weaver, as the President’s wife, walks in on Kevin Kline in the shower.
The American President (1995) Dir. Rob Reiner A widowed president falls in love with a lobbyist. Favorite lines: President Andrew Shepherd: She didn't say anything about me? A.J.: No, but I could always pass her a note before study hall.
Wag the Dog (1997) Dir. Barry Levinson Politics and the media. Oh, boy….
Primary Colors (1998) Dir. Mike Nichols John Travolta as a charismatic presidential candidate who bears a striking resemblance to living, charismatic former president.
Bulworth (1998) Dir. Warren Beatty A senator puts out a contract on himself so that his family can collect on a large insurance policy. Best scene: Warren Beatty rapping.
Election (1999) Dir. Alexander Payne A high school presidential race. Reese Witherspoon is perfection as Tracy Flick, who’ll do anything do get elected. This film is cynical, hilarious, and frightening.
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