Political Film Newsletter #36

POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY MEMBERS SELECT THE BEST FILMS OF 1998
Members of the Political Film Society selected the following (*) as the best films of 1998 in raising political consciousness:
PEACE
The Boxer
Regeneration
Saving Private Ryan

*Savior
DEMOCRACY
 Enemy of the State
* Four Days in September
 Primary Colors
 The Siege
 Wag the Dog

HUMAN RIGHTS
* A Civil Action
 Enemy of the State
 The Siege
 Wilde

EXPOSÉ
 Bulworth
 A Civil Action
 Four Days in September
 Regeneration

* none of the above
Award certificates will be presented to Predrag Antonijevic for Savior, Bruno Barretto for Four Days in September, and Steven Zaillian for A Civil Action. For reviews of these films, see the Political Film Society’s website (www.polfilms.com).

POLITICAL FILM SOCIETY BOARD MET ON MARCH 13
The Board of Directors of the Political Film Society held their second meeting of 1999 on March 13. The Board counted the ballots for the best films of 1998 and adopted amendments to the Rules of Procedure, as noted on the website.

FILMS TO SEE
Members of the Political Film Society are urged to see several films now at your cinema. Feminist themes prevail in Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and The Rage: Carrie 2, in both of which women triumph over irresponsible macho men. Gay and hetero problems, often intertwined, are laid bare in Gods and Monsters (about Frankenstein director James Whale), The School of Flesh (based on a novel by Yukio Mishima), and Hurlyburly (fictional but pathetic Hollywood). My Name is Joe depicts the travails of working class Glasgow as victim to economic Thatcherism. None of these films has been nominated for a Political Film Society award for 1999. Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen, Gods and Monsters, and Hurlyburly are ineligible, since they were released last year.