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Bob Rehak <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 1 Mar 2002 08:16:25 -0500
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Mark, just off the top of my head I think of Jonathan Pryce in one of the
Bond films -- Tomorrow Never Dies (?). He's sort of a Ted Turner gone bad
(or worse).

Going back a lot further, you could look at Charles Laughton in The Big
Clock. This was later remade as No Way Out with Kevin Costner, but in the
first version Laughton is an evil publishing magnate.

General critiques of industrial practices: Network, Absence of Malice, and
Hero (by Frears). And of course you could invoke Cahrles Foster Kane for a
grayish example.

Hope this helps,

On Wed, 27 Feb 2002, Andrejevic, Mark wrote:

> Hi --
> for a class I'm teaching, I'm trying to come up with a list of movies that
> have as their villains corrupt/monopolistic media moguls (who work in any
> medium: film, TV, print, etc.). Bankers and the oil industry gets nailed all
> the time, but I know there are movies out there in which the evildoers are
> media types: I'm just having a hard time coming up with them. I'm interested
> in the way in which the media commodify their own self-critique.
> Thanks for your thoughts.
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