Wednesday, November 25

Hollywood’s Outlooks On Politics And Political Figures Seen On Films

For many decades, politics have been the theme of numerous movies, of which several became a blockbuster and box office hit. At present, politics is still portrayed in numerous filme noi either heavily or subtly.

It isn’t surprising that Hollywood and the present administration of Trump don’t get along. In an expected and typical way, there are three latest movies illustrating diverse political periods that openly (and indirectly) pass criticism on the head of state. Even when the 2016 presidential candidates started their campaign for the election, it was apparent that Hollywood was in opposition to Donald Trump.

In fact, the Democrats were supported by numerous renowned Hollywood actors and actresses, and most of them exuberantly communicated their opposition and disapproval to the incumbent President.

Since Trump’s win in the 2016 presidential elections, at almost all the ceremonies of major awards, winners of the Golden Globe and Oscar have been vocal about their opposition to the president. For instance, in her speech during the Golden Globes in 2017, Meryl Streep gave a powerful and unforgettable speech against Trump. But, there are those who showed favor to the Republican president. Of the few, Clint Eastwood was one.

Political Outlooks of Hollywood

The connection of motion pictures and politics could be traced back decades ago. Movie stars like Henry Fonda as well as James Stewart were famous for portraying in films political figures that are principled and moral such as Young Mr. Lincoln in 1939 and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington also released in 1939.

However, that isn’t to show that at all times Hollywood has uncritically looked at politics. In the age of New Hollywood in 1960s as well as the 1970s, young directors brutally and callously pick holes in political figures and politics itself. For instance, the 1976 film, All the President’s Men, showed its view on the Watergate scandal that caused the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Another example is when film directors like Sydney Pollack unfeelingly delved into the policy-making machine behind the scenes. Corruption, manipulation of the media and cronyism were openly depicted in movies such as the film Three Days of the Condor which was released in 1975.