Ken Kimmelman, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and Aesthetic Realism consultant, says about this upcoming class in his course “If It Moves, It Can Move You”: Opposites in the Cinema:
Every election is about the opposites: centrally, one and many. How much will a particular candidate—who is one person—honestly represent the people, all the people, in their manyness? Or is the candidate mainly interested in taking care of just himself or herself and “the 1 percent”? In the best films about elections those opposites of one and many are vivid, as are the opposites of private and public, hidden and shown: we see the wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. And through it all, there is the fight that Eli Siegel described as the biggest in everyone: between contempt for the world and respect.
Some of the films I’ll be discussing in this class are: Abe Lincoln in Illinois, All the King’s Men, The Candidate