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Here’s Looking at You: Hollywood, Film & Politics examines the tangled relationship between politics and Hollywood, which manifests itself in celebrity involvement in political campaigns and elections, and in the overt and covert political messages conveyed by Hollywood films. The book’s findings contradict the film industry’s assertion that it is simply in the entertainment business, and examines how, while the majority of Hollywood films are strictly commercial ventures, hundreds of movies – ranging from Birth of a Nation to Fahrenheit 9/11 – do indeed contain political messages. Here’s Looking at You serves as a basic text for political film courses and as a supplement in American government and film studies courses, and will also appeal to film buffs and people in the film industry.
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The Author: Ernest Giglio is Professor Emeritus of Politics and American Studies and a Fulbright Scholar. He has a B.A. from Queens College (CUNY), a M.A. from SUNY-Albany, and a Ph.D. in social sciences from Syracuse University.Review:
«‘Here’s Looking at You’ in fact takes on at least two sizable tasks-exploring the relationship of politics ‘and’ film as well as assessing political messages ‘in’ film – no easy feat for a slim volume. Giglio’s engaging analysis brings even the casual consumer of contemporary cinemaplex fare to a clearer understanding of how today’s industry came to be and brings into sharper focus both the potential of and the challenges facing film as a medium for the expression of political ideas. In short, Giglio’s work is a great resource for introducing students to the longstanding, tempestuous relationship between Hollywood and American politics.» (Staci Beavers, Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University, San Marcos)
«This is a good book. Giglio does a good job of surveying films with political content that were produced or distributed by Hollywood studios since the turn of the century. He has an interesting chapter on the treatment of lawyers in film with some interesting observations about female lawyers. He does a good job of introducing readers to film theories without going into depth. I used it in my undergraduate course on Politics and Film last semester. The students were particularly interested in the chapters about sex and violence in films and about censorship during the McCarthy era. I will be using it again next semester.» (Jeffrey Hart, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University)
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