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Published: 11/19/10

Politics in Our Movies: From 'Mr. Smith' to 'Casino Jack'

By  James Grady - Politics Daily
Politics in Our Movies: From 'Mr. Smith' to 'Casino Jack'

All across America this lame-duck congressional season, we're driving past malls or walking down Main Streets where theater marquees offer two major motion pictures "about" politics: "Casino Jack" starring Kevin Spacey and "Fair Game" starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. But the truth is, every movie is "about" politics. Every work of art creates a vision of reality and rules for that realm. Even when a movie is not a fact-driven documentary, what's on film are "people" making choices of conscience and circumstance. On some level, choice always involves politics -- and that includes the ch...

Published: 11/2/09

Michelle Triola's Post-Palimony Happy Ending

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Michelle Triola's Post-Palimony Happy Ending

Melinda, I'm happy you brought up Michelle Triola. Triola's 1979 palimony claim gave uppity women a platform and vocabulary that nearly single-handedly removed the sordid "shacked up" connotation of two adults cohabiting as household partners -- particularly in California, where common-law marriages are not legally recognized. Gutsy in a never-eat-lunch-in-this-town-again way, Triola's landmark lawsuit against her former lad pal, actor Lee Marvin, did wonders for mistress's rights. In my youth, I swooned a little over Marvin's rugged he-man roles, and loved his under-used gift for comedy as Ki...

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