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Ellen Cheshire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001

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Into the Storm

Into the Storm

The Politics of Political Bio-pics

(p.93) 7 Into the Storm

Ellen Cheshire

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes films that focus on three contrasting politicians: Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, and Nelson Mandela. Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon (2008) combines both the importance of Nixon pre- and post-Watergate in a highly entertaining peek behind-the-scenes of the machinations of the infamous 1977 interview where Frost manages to an elicit an apology (of sorts) from Nixon. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012) covers the period from January to April 1865 as Lincoln attempts to pass the Thirteen Amendment to the US Constitution. The two films on Mandela are Invictus (2009) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). Invictus chronicles Mandela's attempts to dismantle the legacy of apartheid through the sport of rugby. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the long anticipated “official” version of Mandela's autobiography that traces his journey from childhood to his 27-year incarceration and negotiations for release.

Keywords:   bio-pics, films, politicians, Richard Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Invictus

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