The Politics of Hollywood Cinema

Popular Film and Contemporary Political Theory

  • Richard Rushton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 218-236

About this book


The Politics of Hollywood Cinema radically transforms our understanding of cinema's potential to be politically engaging and challenging. Examining several films from Hollywood's classical era, including Marked Woman, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Born Yesterday, On the Waterfront and It Should Happen to You, alongside contemporary theories of democracy advanced by Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Claude Lefort, Étienne Balibar and Jacques Rancière, Richard Rushton argues that popular films can offer complex subtle, relevant and controversial approaches to democracy and politics.


cinema democracy film Hollywood Louis Althusser political theory politics Sound

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Rushton
    • 1
  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityUK

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