With two weeks of political conventions ahead of us, favorite political films come to mind.
Among the best are Spencer Tracy in State of the Union and Broderick Crawford in AllThe King’s Men as two good men who abandon integrity as they make their way. What is it that happens to good men who sell their souls to win an election?
In IDES OF MARCH (2011), directed, written and starring George Clooney as Governor Morris, is seeking the Democratic Party’s endorsement. His Junior Campaign Manager (Ryan Gosling) views his candidate as kind of a white knight only to discover his weaknesses. The film takes the viewer through a political campaign of a candidate whose principles are tarnished by his infidelity. Morris’s actions cause him to rearrange his campaign staff through a deal.
Phenomenal casting makes IDES deliver even for those who disdain politics. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Morris’s Senior Campaign Manager and Ryan Gosling as Junior
Campaign Manager were so dedicated and devoted to their candidate, they made me believe each had actually worked campaigns. (I’ve served on a good number of them.)
Paul Giamatti as the opponent’s Campaign Manager was so superbly performed I suggest today’s contenders to call on him for advice. Clooney’s role and his directing left me begging for more from him.
IDES OF MARCH may be just the film for you as we follow the conventions.