H05 - 
American Presidency and Presidents through History and Film
  Beginning with the very first feature film made in the US (D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, 1915) and continuing all the way through to Lincoln I2012) and television's Veep (2012-2019), the American Presidency and Presidents have had starring roles on the big (and small) screen. From Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) and Dr. Strangelove (1964) to All the President's Men (1976) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), the office of the President and its incumbents have been lionized, criticized, spoofed, and rebuked in feature films and documentaries. How has our understanding of the Presidency and the 45 who have served thus far been reflected in and shaped by films? What happens when politics and Hollywood collide? Aside from the entertainment value, what do films about presidents offer us? Our course will assess presidential politics, powers, policies, and personalities by exploring key texts (notably the US Constitution, central legal decisions, presidential speeches, and newspaper reports) as well as by screening clips from a variety of films and tv shows.
10/27/2020, 11/4/2020