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Representations of Democracy in Hollywood cinema: Ides of March 1

by Dr. Johannes Pause

Most obviously in the tradition of classic Hollywood political films, all of which feature white males, is arguably George Clooney’s The Ides of March (2011). When the film begins, the audience believes it is listening to an address being made by a politician, yet then realises that this is merely a rehearsal-cum-soundcheck. In Clooney's film, it is no longer the politicians themselves who take centre stage but spin doctors and consultants.

The Ides of March: Opening Scene

An address being made by a politician turns out to be a rehearsal-cum-soundcheck

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