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Film Discussion Lunch - Campaign Cinema

NOTE - Due to the Bears game that would have conflicted with our last Sunday of the month Meetup, we needed to move this a week earlier. 


Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type.  For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre. 


With the Presidential election just weeks away, we’ll take a look at how American democracy plays out on the silver screen.  While the conversation will likely turn to a broader discussion on political films (which could include the entire Oliver Stone filmography as well as most movies where meteors are heading towards earth), we’ll start by focusing on how Hollywood has portrayed American politics throughout the years. 


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – 1939 (Frank Capra)

The Great McGinty – 1940 (Preston Sturges) 

All the King’s Men – 1949 (Robert Rossen) 

A Face in the Crowd – 1957 (Elia Kazan) 

The Last Hurrah – 1958 (John Ford) 

Advise and Consent – 1962 (Otto Preminger) 

The Manchurian Candidate – 1962 (John Frankenheimer) 

The Best Man – 1964 (Franklin J. Schaffner) 

The Candidate – 1972 (Michael Ritchie) 

Nashville – 1975 (Robert Altman) 

All the President’s Men – 1976 (Alan J. Pakula) 

Being There – 1979 (Hal Ashby)

Bob Roberts – 1992 (Tim Robbins) 

Dave – 1993 (Ivan Reitman) 

The War Room – 1993 (D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus)

The American President – 1995 (Rob Reiner)

Nixon – 1995 (Oliver Stone)

A Perfect Candidate – 1996 (R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor) 

Wag the Dog – 1997 (Barry Levinson)   

Bulworth – 1998 (Warren Beatty) 

Primary Colors – 1998 (Mike Nichols)

Election – 1999 (Alexander Payne) 

The Contender – 2000 (Rod Lurie)   

Frost/Nixon – 2008 (Ron Howard) 

The Ides of March – 2011 (George Clooney)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    as always, an enlightening discussion!

    October 23, 2012

  • Al

    Here's the favorite campaign films from each person at this Meetup:

    Brad: "Nashville"
    Heather: "Wag the Dog"
    Peter: "Doctor Strangelove"
    Seth: "Citizen Kane", "Ides of March"
    Annette: "Please Vote For Me", "The Contender"
    Al: "Election"
    Lydia: "Dave"
    Jimmy: "The Candidate", "Seven Days in May"

    We also brought up some relatively unknown and unconventional takes on the subject, such as "Gabriel Over the White House" and "The World's Greatest Sinner".

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • Al

    Excellent look at Campaign films, and how they've pointed out the manipulation, idealism, compromise, and celebrity that have been part of the political process!

    October 21, 2012

  • Peter

    Really disappointed I was not able to make it. The closest train going in to Chicago was at 8 am, and I had a very late night previously. Catch you guys next time!

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Primary--1960 (Robert Drew, documentary)

    October 8, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Wilson--1944 (Henry King)

    October 8, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Meet Joe the Plumber...I mean, Meet John Doe--1941 (Frank Capra)

    October 8, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    MGM propaganda "newsreels" against Upton Sinclair's campaign for Governor of California (1934)

    October 8, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    The Dark Horse--1932 (Alfred E. Green)
    Gabriel over the White House--1933 (Gregory La Cava)
    The Year of the Yahoo!--1972 (Herschell Gordon Lewis)

    October 8, 2012

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