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Your list suggests that you are looking for more contemporary films.  There are, as you suggest, a huge number of possibilities if you go back further in time.  It could be interesting to contrast changes in rhetorical stances and appeals over time on different subjects.
 
These suggestions  are grouped more or less by topic.  I'm not sure about availability:
 
Documentaries: Pare Lorentz's THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS and THE RIVER; Capra's WHY WE FIGHT series (especially PRELUDE TO WAR); Huston's LET THERE BE LIGHT (veterans' PTSD); De Antonio's YEAR OF THE PIG (Vietnam) and POINT OF ORDER (Joseph McCarthy); HEARTS AND MINDS (Vietnam); THE ATOMIC CAFE (part of the "no nukes" debates of the 1980s); Barbara Koppel's HARLAN COUNTY, USA and AMERICAN DREAM; AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (if available on video by the time on your syllabus)
 
Race issues: BIRTH OF A NATION, GONE WITH THE WIND, BROKEN ARROW, FORT APACHE, GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT; THE DEFIANT ONES; A RAISIN IN THE SUN; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT; GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER; LITTLE BIG MAN; DANCES WITH WOLVES; BOYZ 'N THE HOOD; THE GLASS SHIELD; DO THE RIGHT THING; MALCOLM X; BETRAYED
 
World War  II and after: WATCH ON THE RHINE; THE GREAT DICTATOR; CASABLANCA; CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY; Hitchcock's FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT and SABOTEUR; THE HITLER GANG; THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES; CROSSFIRE
 
McCarthyism: MY SON JOHN, I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI, BIG JIM MCCLAIN; etc.; MISSION TO MOSCOW; THE NORTH STAR; ADVISE AND CONSENT; THE HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET; GUILTY BY SUSPICION; THE FRONT, GOOD LUCK AND GOOD NIGHT
 
Labor Relations: INTOLERANCE; SALT OF THE EARTH; ON THE WATERFRONT; THE PAJAMA GAME; NORTHERN LIGHTS (about the Non-Partisan League movement in the Dakotas); NORMA RAE; BLUE COLLAR; MATEWAN
 
Nuclear War and/or Power: DR. STRANGELOVE; FAIL SAFE; SILKWOOD; THE CHINA SYNDROME
 
Gender and Sexuality: THE BOYS IN THE BAND; TOOTSIE; STONEWALL; BOYS DON'T CRY
 
Vietnam and After: Sam Fuller's CHINA GATE; THE GREEN BERETS; COMING HOME; PLATOON; BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY;  APOCALYPSE NOW; FULL METAL JACKET
 
Middle East:, Africa, Latin America: SYRIANA; MUNICH; HOTEL RWANDA; THE CONSTANT GARDENER; LORD OF WAR; MISSING; SALVADOR
 
Drugs: TRAFFIC; BLOW
 
Don Larsson
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You might try "The War Game"--it's a staged documentary (one, if not 
the first, of this sort) of a nuclear exchange in Britain and it's 
aftermath.  Just reissued.  Whether NetFlix has it or not, I don't know.

JK

On Aug 1, 2006, at 6:16 PM, Lou Thompson wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I am teaching a graduate course called Rhetoric of/and Film this 
> fall.  I'm looking for some suggestions for films.  I'd like to 
> cover about ten or so, at least half documentary.  I'm so 
> overwhelmed with the sheer number of options right now I'm having 
> trouble settling on something, so I thought I'd send a request for 
> any suggestions, ideas, etc.  I'm looking for a variety of films 
> that will offer us the opportunity to examine ideology and how it 
> is presented in varying methods and degrees.
>
> There are a few restrictions:
>
> The students are graduate students in English and/or rhetoric, not 
> film students.  Some of them will have had other film classes with 
> me, but most will not have.  Though the list below may seem like 
> films everyone has seen, the sad truth is that most of my students 
> will have seen maybe one or two of them.  Only one student will 
> have seen them all, but she's one of my Netflix buddies.
>
> The class is an online class, so the films will have to be obtained 
> through means such as Netflix or GreenCine.  So no Nanook.
>
> Here's what I have so far: (It's very tentative)
>
> Documentaries
>
>
>
> Triumph of the Will (Netflix has it!!)
>
> Fog of War
>
> Bowling for Columbine
>
>
>
>  Features:
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>
>
> Rashomon
>
> Philadelphia
>
> The Quiet American
>
> The New World
>
> Three Kings
>
> Crash
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
>
>
>
> Lou
>
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