Monday, 8 August 2011

CRAIG'S TOP 10 GENRE SERIES - POLITICAL

“Political cinema in the narrow sense of the term is a cinema which portrays current or historical events or social conditions in a partisan way in order to inform or to agitate the spectator.


#1. IN THE LOOP - 2009
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini


#2. MILK - 2008
 Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco


#3. ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN - 1976
 Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards


#4. FROST/NIXON - 2008
 Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon


#5. DAVE - 1993
 Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Kevin Kline, Signourney Weaver, Frank Langella


#6. GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK - 2005
 Director: George Clooney
Starring: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr


#7. JFK - 1991
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek


#8. W. - 2008
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss


#9. REDS - 1981
 Director: Warren Beatty
Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson


#10. MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON - 1939
 Director: Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains

One of the specialist groups with plenty of films focusing on politics though this being mostly American-based though In The Loop is a British film. That was an easy choice to win this list with its focus on Anglo-American affairs done in the most humourous fashion with Milk not too far behind. Incidentally Frank Langella figures in 3 films on this list showing his vast experience including his role as President Nixon.

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