Podcast Episode 98: TCM Political Films With Ben Mankiewicz
Looking at the best films Hollywood has served up about politics
It's been an interesting week in politics so check out what Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz picks as the films that highlight the best and worst in American politics.
Politics provides a rich source of inspiration for filmmakers. Presidential hopefuls, corrupt politicians, idealistic candidates and jaded campaign managers have all made memorable characters. TCM is highlighting a collection of the most diverse and interesting American films about politics, politicians and the political process as this heated presidential election comes to an end Nov. 8.
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz gets to tap into more than just his movie expertise for this series. His family ties make him the perfect person to look at the convergence of Hollywood and politics since his grandfather, Herman J. Mankiewicz, wrote "Citizen Kane"; his great-uncle, Joe Mankiewicz, wrote and directed "All About Eve"; and his father, Frank Mankiewicz, was Robert Kennedy’s press secretary.
TCM is showcasing political films, as well as documentaries addressing political issues, in its "To Tell the Truth" series. The films began last week, but if you've missed any you can watch then through the TCM app Watch TCM.