Wag the Dog

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Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a Presidential sex scandal.

ACTORS :Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Ann Heche

YEAR OF RELEASE :1997

POSTAGE : Free In Australia No Tracking

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Wag the Dog, After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

The Best Political Satire Since Dr. Strangelove

 

Wag the Dog, Rarely can film satire make you laugh and be worried about the future at the same time. Levinson’s film does just that, with a great cast and great writing, this film succeeds.

You may have noticed that many of the posts and reviews argue that this is not plausible. Obviously these posters do not realize that satire is supposed to be over the top and show what can happen in extremes, and ironically, this came out just after Clinton’s sex scandal, and is still relevant today with George W. and will continue to be regardless of the president. Also, some may think it oversimplifies the public as idiots, but this isn’t true, especially if they are being deceived and information is withheld. There are some implausibilities, as in why no reporters went to Albania or how other countries didn’t get involved other than denying the charges, but these are small and even addressed in scenes with the rival candidates, news reporters and even CIA head William H. Macy.

Really I don’t know how anyone can not like this film since it is smart, funny and scary all at once with fine performances and direction all around. This is an American political satire classic that is sadly becoming less satire as time goes on.

The greatest political satire ever

 
I do not understand the people who did not like the movie. For me this is the greatest political satire since Chaplin’s “The great dictator”. Both de Niro and Hoffman are great as well. This movie is not about Clinton although they did predict correctly the Kosovo war, and Albanian terrorists. It is about American political system which is made by and for TV. Several lines from that movie (“Why Albania?” – “Why not?”, “Albania does not rhyme”, “What do you remember about the Gulf war? One smart bomb… I was in that building when we shot that shot”, and many more) are impossible to forget because everyday political life does not let us forget them.

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