ABSTRACT

Here we explore several approaches to writing about movies from a political standpoint. At the outset, it is important to bear in mind that there is no one approach that will suit all purposes and situations. Rather, we hope that the ideas we discuss here will serve as heuristic devices-useful, but not ends in themselves-for students who want to (or have to) write about politics and film. As a starting point, we discuss the analysis of an individual film, although you may be interested in writing about several movies that evoke a particular theme. Consistent with the theme of this text, our general purpose will be identifying political messages in movies.