Media


Films suggested by Friends about the inner workings of the newspapers, radio and television stations and the journalists who write the news for them.


Peaceweb's Movies with a Conscience



Last updated: February 8, 1997
* All the President's Men
USA, 1976, Drama, D: Alan J. Pakula, Stars: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, 138 m
The story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate Scandal which eventually forced President Richard Nixon from the White House.

* Front Page, The
USA, 1974, Comedy, D: Billy Wilder, Stars: Jack Lemon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Susan Sarandon, 105 m.
A film version of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play about the sell-your-grandma-for-a-story Chicago newspapermen of the 1920s.

* Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
Canada, 1992, Documentary (National Film Board of Canada) D: Mark Achbar, Stars: Noam Chomsky as himself, 110 m
World-famous linguist and American's one-man political opposition Noam Chomsky argues that big business and the US government combine to shape the news. As examples, he uses the focus on the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Kampuchea and the neglect of the slaughter of East Timorese by US-backed Indonesian troops.

* Medium Cool
USA, 1969, Drama, D: Haskell Wexler, Stars: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, 110 m
Real footage of the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968 and the police attack upon the demonstrators outside is used in this film showing the story of a fictional TV reporter who remains coolly detached from all these events he's filming.

* Network
USA, 1976, Drama, D: Sydney Lumet, Stars: William Holden, Faye Dunaway, William Finch, Robert Duvall, 121 m
This satire by on television by Paddy Chayefsky casts Finch as a "mad prophet of the airwaves" who mesmerizes his audience.

* Quiz Show
USA, 1994, Drama, D: Robert Redford, Stars: John Tuturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, 133 m
A young lawyer working for Congress in the 1950s discovers that a famous TV quiz show is fixed (based on the true story of the $64,000 Question).


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