Following up on my e-mail earlier today, I omitted some of Frank Capra's works from my list of media movies. May I be crushed by ten thousand cans of film!
The most important Capra film in this regard is MEET JOHN DOE (1941), though we should include THE POWER OF THE PRESS (1928), MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936), and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939). Even IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT(1934) touches on the tabloid press. Radio was also a powerful medium before TV, though it appears to have received less attention from Hollywood compared to the press - probably because the press was more visual cinematically. Radio was often used as a background for musical comedy, such as the BIG BROADCAST series by Paramount. Most of the movies I've listed are on video, but if you have any specific questions I'll try to answer them.
> From: jmoran <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Hollywood Narrative Films About Media Ethics
> Date: Thursday, January 07, 1999 6:06 PM
> > I am trying to accumulate a list of Hollywood films whose primary
> > narrative emphasis dramatizes an issue of media ethics.
> > Examples include Wag the Dog, Quiz SHow, Bulworth, Natural Born Killers,
> > Man Bites Dog, Broadcast News, Citizen Kane, The Truman Show, Absence of
> > Malice, Network, and so on. I would appreciate any suggestions to add
> to my list.
> > J. Moran
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