REEL WORLD CINEMA Movie Series
Reel World Cinema XXXVII (Fall, 2017)
“Demagoguery and Democracy:
Corrupted Truth and Manipulative
Politics in American Cinema, 1930–1970”
Democracy thrives only when the powers of persuasion that shape public life and discourse remain bridled to truth. When this crucial linkage is decoupled, the void opened up becomes fertile ground for demagogues to control the body politics. They convince us that we’ve lost our way; they scapegoat those who are to blame; and they anoint their plan as the only path back to “greatness.” We will view and discuss six cinematic depictions of demagoguery in American politics from 1930 to 1970 that shed light on how this kind of anti-democratic impulse takes hold in American society.
Potluck Meal at 6:00pm
Movie at 7:00pm
in Calvin Lounge
Discussion following the movie.
**PLEASE NOTE: All the King's Men, originally scheduled for November 10th, has been moved to