VOICES: A CENTURY OF POLITICAL CINEMA

As the 2024 election season enters high gear, the Drexel Theatre begins a new film series leading up to the election that examines how films and filmmakers have tackled political topics through the years.

The film series, titled “Voices: A Century of Political Cinema,” will showcase a wide variety of films that brought the politics of their time to the screen. “Voices” is curated from a special edition of The New Republic magazine, titled “The 100 Most Significant Political Films of All Time.”

Each screening will be accompanied by commentary from a subject expert who will help guide the audience through the film’s historical and cinematic importance.

The series opens with The Manchurian Candidate (1962) on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 pm.

The guest speaker for the first film will be Michael Tomasky. Tomasky is the editor of The New Republic and the editor in chief of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He was previously executive editor of The American Prospect and the founding editor of Guardian America. He is the author of Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America and Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign. He lives outside of Washington, D.C.

The remainder of the schedule includes:
• Wednesday, April 10: A Face in the Crowd (1957) at 7pm
• Wednesday, May 8: Being There (1979) at 7pm
• Wednesday, June 12: Milk (2008) at 7pm
• Wednesday, July 10: The Great McGinty (1940) at 7pm
• Wednesday, August 14: Harlan County, USA (1976) at 7pm
• Wednesday, September 11: No (2012) at 7pm
• Wednesday, October 9: The Lives of Others (2006) at 7pm
• Wednesday, November 13: Wag the Dog (1997) at 7pm

*Films and guest speakers are subject to change.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm

An American POW in the Korean War is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

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A FACE IN THE CROWD (1957)

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm

A female radio reporter turns a folk-singing drifter into a powerful media star.

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BEING THERE (1979)

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm

After the death of his employer forces him out of the only home he’s ever known, a simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful tycoon and an insider in Washington politics.

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MILK (2008)

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.

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THE GREAT MCGINTY (1940)

Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 pm

Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics, but he endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty.

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HARLAN COUNTY, USA (1976)

Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 pm

A heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.

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NO (2012)

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm

An advertising executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.

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THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006)

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 pm

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

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WAG THE DOG (1997)

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

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