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Representations of Democracy in Hollywood cinema: Ides of March 2

by Dr. Johannes Pause

Towards the end of the film, in a closing sequence that exactly reprises the opening scene, the former idealist Stephen has become a man bereft of any private life, friends, or convictions. In the television interview that he gives, the subject is only purportedly the background to political events; in actual fact, however, the backstage on which he is standing has long since become the actual, now institutionalised frontstage.
The attention economy of the television medium has incorporated – and hence replaced – the spontaneous mechanism of theatrical representation. In quite extraordinary manner, the political objectives of the media – as also consistently pursued by Hollywood – to make visible the backstage of politics, to expose the true game going on behind the scenes, have thus ultimately been turned upon themselves as target.

The Ides of March: Final Scene

Stephen gives a TV interview

from The Ides of March (2011)
Creator: George Clooney
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Posted by Dr. Johannes Pause