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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-04-04 05:53 PM
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56. Can it? Sure it can! Will it ? Probably not, well the odds aren't good.
In the past twenty five years, there are only a handful of movies that I can think of that had an impact on American political thought. The China Syndrome, since it was also closely coupled with the Three Mile Island disaster, played a large part in having no new nuclear plants open up. Silkwood also sparked reforms in the nuclear industry. Wag the Dog hurt Clinton, and by association Gore, and remains an enduring political catchphrase. All the President's Men, for it brought Nixon's crimes to the masses. And there are probably more.

But all of these effects are indirect, an innoculation of the body politic. Don't expect it to impact how a person votes, but more how a person comes to grip with our political life. What that person brings to the voting booth if you will.
But a lot depends on both luck and talent. Does the movie parallel an ongoing event? Does the movie raise questions that make the viewer think? Is the movie engaging enough both in plot and acting to open up the viewer to the inherent questions encompassing the movie?

The only way to find these questions out is to see the movie for yourself. What Bushco has to say about it brings to mind Shakespearean odes, and that always makes me curious. But having been concieved Art Bell, well, that's just an open invitation for ridicule. The odds of this movie having an impact on the election are very long, but not impossible.
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