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Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 2,0 (B), LMU Munich (Amerika-Institut), course: Proseminar: The Representation of the American Presidency in Contemporary Hollywood Movies, language: English, abstract: The President of the United States has been a subject of many moviesin Hollywood history. From the earliest days of cinema, in films such asThe Birth of a Nation (1915), The Fighting Roosevelts (1919) or Young Mr.Lincoln (1939), to the present day, in films such as Nixon (1990) and Dick(1999), many real-life U.S. presidents…mehr

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Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 2,0 (B), LMU Munich (Amerika-Institut), course: Proseminar: The Representation of the American Presidency in Contemporary Hollywood Movies, language: English, abstract: The President of the United States has been a subject of many moviesin Hollywood history. From the earliest days of cinema, in films such asThe Birth of a Nation (1915), The Fighting Roosevelts (1919) or Young Mr.Lincoln (1939), to the present day, in films such as Nixon (1990) and Dick(1999), many real-life U.S. presidents have been portrayed in the mostdifferent ways. In the years before crises like Watergate, Vietnam and thegrowing media coverage have demystified the presidency, most of these reallifeportrayals have shown the President as a wise heroic man, almost like asaint (Edelman 323). In the years after these events, Hollywood lost itsrespect for the presidency discovering that the man in charge was humanand that he also makes mistakes (323). Since Hollywood likes to adaptpolitics, it is no surprise that politics adapted Hollywood, too. The simplefact that Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 was subject forseveral jokes in one of the most successful movies of 1985, Back To TheFuture. In this time-travel film, Marty McFly (Michael J.Fox) accidentallytravels to the year 1955 where he tries to find the inventor of the timemachine, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), to help him get back to 1985.After having found him, Doc Brown does not believe Marty's story. In orderto find out, if Marty's story is true, Doc asks him the following question:Doc Brown: Then tell me, Future Boy, who's President of the UnitedStates in 1985?Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.Doc Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor? Ha! Then, who's Vice President?Jerry Lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady and JackBennetty is Secretary of Treasury !Marty McFly: Doc, you gotta listen to me !Doc Brown: I got enough practical jokes for one evening. Good night,Future Boy.And later in the film, when Marty shows Doc Brown the recording of hiscamcorder, Doc Brown is amazed about this technological invention and criesout: "No wonder your president has to be an actor, he's gotta look good ontelevision." [...]