Against the grain?
Socially critical movies
in The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film
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While this book contends that all movies are political, some are more self-consciously political than others. In Part III (chapters 10 and 11), the emphasis is on a spectrum of films centrally engaged in social critique. These films are marked by relatively overt questions regarding social justice and power relations. In this chapter we outline the key characteristics, historical contexts, and typical subject matter of such films in order to clarify the boundaries of what Hollywood constitutes as ‘political’.

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