AirTalk for August 10, 2012

Which political films get it right?

"The Campaign" Washington, DC Premiere

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Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis attend "The Campaign" premiere at The Newseum on July 31, 2012 in Washington, DC.

This week, moviegoers will see Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell square off in ‘The Campaign.’ Of course, Americans have been watching Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go at it for months now, not to mention the grueling Republican Primary season which has been going on basically since Obama was elected in 2008. Politics are now truly a part of everyday life, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere.

With that in mind, today on FilmWeek we’ll take some time to look at the world of political films. Campaigns, the Cold War and even movies about lobbying will all be covered by guest host David Lazarus and our KPCC critics. What are you favorite political movies of all time? What do the good ones get right and the bad ones get wrong? Can these movies be both informed and entertaining?

Guests:

Andy Klein, film critic for KPCC and the L.A. Times Community Papers chain

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor

Next week, The Hammer Museum is kicking off a series of free political movie screenings with the documentary 'Primary,' chronicling John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey as they vie in Wisconsin to be the contender against Richard Nixon. More information can be found here.


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