The Utopia of Film:

Chapter 102

The Manchurian Candidate, 2004, Jonathan Demme
Works by Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Dave Fleischer, Andrew Fleming, Mike Judge, Gregory La Cava
 
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The Utopia of Film is a series of chapters – a sequence of constellations and questions which change on a monthly basis. Each chapter contains several films. The selected works are capable of standing on their own with their individual qualities, but the totality of each chapter also provides a specific context. The Utopia of Film tells a history of films in their relation to each other and to society. (Alexander Horwath)

In this first year of a new U.S. presidency, how does it feel to see films dedicated to the comic and apocalyptic aspects of that same office? From Betty Boop for President (1932) and the crypto-fascist fantasy Gabriel Over the White House (1933) to Mike Judge's stroke of genius: Idiocracy (2006). This chapter of "The Utopia of Film" series offers the opportunity to find out.

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