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Feb.
23rd

The Republic of Hollywood

Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" (Warner Bros.)
Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry” (Warner Bros.)

Just in time for Sunday’s Academy Awards comes this op-ed from The Washington Post: “Welcome to the Republic of Hollywood.” Author Jim Cullen writes that “in Hollywood, as in politics, one of the recurring themes is our national ambivalence about powerful institutions — religious, economic, military or political — and their influence over everyday life.” In this op-ed, he looks at how six Oscar-winning actors tell the story of America.

By Jim Cullen/Special to The Washington Post.

A box office is not a voting booth, but they have their similarities. Neither is entirely democratic in the ways it offers choices, and each is a little too deferential to market forces. But both tell stories about the state of the nation, produced by teams that are fronted by star performers.

In politics, some of the most successful performers take on multiple roles. Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama: Their stories have offered versions of the country — where it had been, where it was headed. Some were stories of restoration, others of progress.

In the Republic of Hollywood, it’s movie stars, not politicians, who rule. And in Hollywood, as in politics, one of the recurring themes is our national ambivalence about powerful institutions — religious, economic, military or political — and their influence over everyday life. Read more »