Politics via Film: Orson Wells to Denzel Washington


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

Join us to examine great American political films. Films are analyzed in terms of artistic merit and political message. Movies to be discussed include Citizen Kane; The Devil’s Disciple; Fail-Safe, The Godfather; Reds; Good Night, and Good Luck; JFK and Inside Man.

Syllabus: Paul Gettler
Politics Via Film:  Orson Wells to Denzel Washington

  • The Stranger, Citizen Kane, the Third Man
  • The Devil’s Disciple, Seven Days in May, Spartacus
  • Fail Safe, The Best Man, The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Godfather, Munity on the Bounty, The Ugly American
  • Reds, Bonnie and Clyde, Bulworth
  • Good Night and Good Luck, Reds, Bugsy
  • JFK, Path to War, The Eagle Has Landed
  • Glory, Inside Man, Malcolm X


Photo credit RKO Radio Pictures, still photographer Alexander Kahle – International Photographer, Volume XII, Number 12, January 1941 (front cover), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46766797



Facilitator: Paul Gettler

Paul Gettler earned degrees from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center.  His interests focus on how film can be used to teach history and politics. He has taught in a number of continuing and adult education programs.