What makes great political cinema? Julie Mason, host of the Press Pool on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124 was joined by Ann Hornaday, film critic at the Washington Post, for an hour-long discussion about the top political movies of all time.
Julie also asked listeners to share their favorites.
Ann’s list, in no particular order, featured classics, satire, documentary, drama and comedy.
One of her favorites was the classic Manchurian Candidate, a 1962 John Frankenhiemer work starring Frank Sinatra.
Julie and Ann agreed strongly on the merits of Election, a 1990 film about high school politics, middle-age burnout and sex featuring Reese Witherspoon as the unforgettable Tracy Flick.
Dr. Strangelove also made Ann’s list. The 1964 film, like the Manchurian Candidate, is a Cold War-era classic. Ann noted that the novel the movie was based upon was not especially satirical.
Ann and Julie split on the merits of Bulworth, a 1998 film about a disillusioned politician starring Warren Beatty.
Our Nixon was a 2013 documentary by filmmaker Penny Lane, who combined recently released Super 8 home movies by former Nixon aides with news footage, Nixon tape audio and other materials for a fascinating insider portrait of the Nixon administration.
Other political movies Ann recommends include Seven Days in May, Milk and The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, The Queen, Primary and Bloody Sunday. Press Pool listeners added Dave, The American President, Primary Colors, anything Monty Python, Journeys with George and The World According to Dick Cheney, among others.
Julie’s favorite is All the President’s Men, which Ann declared really more of a journalism movie than a political one. Everyone’s a critic!
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