Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films

November 1, 2020
Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films

Reelpolitik II moves past typical left-right politicaldistinctions to examine political ideologies cycling through U.S.history during the '50s and '60s. These eight Cold War moviesespecially equipped the moviegoer with a unique vantage point toscrutinize the arms race, the Red Scare, the Korean Conflict, andthe Vietnam War. They also helped audiences to observe the way filmfunctions as a purveyor of American mythology, a megaphone to shoutpolitical messages, a metaphorical route to the emotions, aflattering mirror, an unflattering microscope, and a magic carpetride back to the future.