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Country Boys and City Slickers. Country Boys: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) All the King’s Men (1949) A Face in the Crowd (1957) Being There (1979) City Slickers Citizen Kane (1941) The Candidate (1972) Bob Roberts (1992) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Bulworth (1998).

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Country boys and city slickers

Country Boys and City Slickers

  • Country Boys:

    • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    • All the King’s Men (1949)

    • A Face in the Crowd (1957)

    • Being There (1979)

  • City Slickers

    • Citizen Kane (1941)

    • The Candidate (1972)

    • Bob Roberts (1992)

    • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)


Bulworth 1998

Bulworth (1998)

Is Jay Bulworth a country boy or city slicker?

An older Jim McKay (The Candidate 1972)

A younger Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’s Senator Paine

How is Bulworth slick?


Themes in bulworth

Themes in Bulworth

  • Power corrupts

    • All the King’s Men (1949)

    • A Face in the Crowd (1957)

    • Citizen Kane (1941)

  • Corruption in Politics

    • All the King’s Men


Themes in bulworth1

Themes in Bulworth

  • The Power of the Media, for good and bad

    • A Face in the Crowd (1957)

    • Meet John Doe (1941)

    • Bob Roberts (1992)

  • Liberal Values

    • Socialized medicine

    • Government regulations


Themes in bulworth2

Themes in Bulworth

  • All we need is one good guy (sort of)

    • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    • Gladiator (2000)

    • Being There (1979)

  • Assassination

    • Parallax View (1974)

    • Bob Roberts (1992)

    • All the King’s Men (1949)

    • The Manchurian Candidate


Race gender and politics

Race, Gender, and Politics

How is race dealt with in Bulworth?

Is the way race is dealt with problematic?

How is gender dealt with?

Is it problematic?


Which is better city slickers or country boys

Which is better, City Slickers or Country Boys?

- Good city slickers: Bulworth, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Man who Killed Liberty Valance, The Candidate

- Bad city slickers: Bob Roberts, Senator Paine (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Meet John Doe

- Good country boys: Mr. Smith, Young Mr. Lincoln

- Bad country boys: All the King’s Men, Silver City, A Face in the Crowd,


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