I say it often: cinema is not just art or entertainment, it is a highly sensitive X-ray image that allows us to detect the cancers that are eating away at our societies long before the first tumors appear.
To help you better understand Trumpism, here are four films that, each in their own way, heralded the arrival of the Big Orange.
JOE IS AMERICA TOO (1970)
Directed by John G. Avildsen six years before his blockbuster Rocky, This hard-hitting film starring Susan Sarandon is all but forgotten today.
But it’s one of the most unique works of New Hollywood, that golden age of American cinema with which it was born Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and who was cowardly murdered 10 years later by the worldwide triumph War of stars.
The story tells how Joe, a vocal worker (brilliantly played by Peter Boyle), who will fill more or less the same role in the mythical version taxi driver), goes on a hippie hunt.
Frustrated to find that his country has abandoned him and that he feels threatened by a culture anti-establishment who rejects him and the patriotic values he represents, this worker eventually develops a hatred for young people.
The icy ending is one of the strongest in American cinema.
A black diamond to be rediscovered. Original title : yeah
As the oil crisis and runaway inflation suffocate America (doesn’t that sound like it?), a news anchor going through a deep depression threatens to take his own life.
Instead of taking him off the airwaves, his bosses (who feel Americans need to channel their anger and frustration) instead give him his own public affairs show.
Overnight this man (who has obviously lost his mind) becomes a true guru, encouraging viewers to rebel against the institutions and elites who are “lying to the people”!
Fiercely criticized by the media, this Sidney Lumet masterpiece heralded the creation of Fox News… twenty years before its birth!
One of the greatest screenplays in cinema history.
FALL DOWN (1993)
Best Picture by Joel Schumacher, a mediocre job that nearly killed the franchise Batman With its two psychedelic nanars, this feature film, starring an unrecognizable Michael Douglas, tells the story of how an uneventful office worker turns into a war machine after getting stuck in a monster traffic jam.
Frustrated with political correctness, attacked by a gang of Latinos, and despised by a Korean supermarket clerk, this straight white man loses his temper and shoots.
If this story happened today, Douglas’ character would be wearing a MAGA cap and applauding the recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion.
Or how a Bobo, fed up with living in an increasingly sanitized world, joins a gang of hyper-violent conspiracy theorists who are fomenting a bloody and manly revolution.
Do I really need to say more?
A masterpiece that saw everything, foresaw everything. From the great David Fincher.