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Reader ripostes: Foreign policy films


Sam Roggeveen


30 April 2009 14:40

Two responses to my list. First, Tony Hodges asks:

What about ‘Wag the Dog’? It’s all about how foreign policy is a slave to domestic politics.

I left it out. On one level I liked the movie, but I thought the whole 'war is showbusiness' theme was snide cynicism masquerading as wisdom.

Second, some suggestions from Scott Burchill, helpfully organised by theme:

  •  Documentaries: Shoah; The Sorrow and the Pity; Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.
  • The secret state: Edge of Darkness (TV); The Trial (Orson Welles version); Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy (TV); Smiley’s People (TV); The Road to Guantanamo.
  • Resisting the state and anti-colonialism: The Battle of Algiers; Lumumba; The Quiet American; Paradise Now.
  • Media power, argument and public opinion: Citizen Kane; Wag the Dog; Manufacturing Consent (doco).
  • Anti-war: Dr Stangelove; Apocalypse Now Redux; Full Metal Jacket; Platoon; Saving Private Ryan; The Deer Hunter; The Thin Red Line; Welcome to Sarajevo; Joyeux Noël.
  • UN: No Man’s Land.
  • The corruption of power: A Man For All Seasons; Bulworth; Danton; Lord of the Flies; Burnt By The Sun; The Crucible.
  • Capitalism: Wages of Fear; Enron – The Smartest Guys in the Room; The Corporation.