I often say: cinema is not just art or entertainment, it is an ultra-sensitive x-ray that allows us to detect the tumors that are eating 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 Great Orange.
JOE IS ALSO AMERICA (1970)
Directed by John G. Avildsen six years before his blockbuster rocky, this punchy film starring Susan Sarandon is totally forgotten today.
But it is one of the most unique works of New Hollywood, this golden age of American cinema with which it was born Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and who was cowardly murdered, 10 years later, by the world triumph of Star Wars.
The story tells how Joe, a talkative worker (played brilliantly by Peter Boyle, who will take on more or less the same character in the mythical Taxi driver), goes hippy hunting.
Frustrated, discovering that he has been abandoned by his country and feeling threatened by a culture anti-establishment who rejects him and the patriotic values he represents, this worker ends up developing a hatred for young people.
The Icy End is one of the most powerful in American cinema.
A black diamond absolutely to be rediscovered. Original title: Thurs
As the oil crisis and uncontrolled inflation suffocate America (doesn’t it ring a bell?), A news reader going through a severe depression threatens to take his own life.
Instead of getting him out of the way, his bosses (who feel Americans need to channel their anger and frustrations) are instead giving him his public affairs show.
Overnight, this man (who obviously lost his mind) becomes a real guru, encouraging viewers to rebel against institutions and elites who “lie to the people”!
Virulent media criticism, this Sidney Lumet masterpiece announced the creation of Fox News … twenty years before its birth!
One of the greatest screenplays in the history of cinema.
Best Film by Joel Schumacher, a mediocre job that nearly killed the franchise Batman With its two psychedelic dwarves, this feature film starring an unrecognizable Michael Douglas tells how an uneventful employee transforms into a war machine after being caught in a monstrous traffic jam.
Frustrated by political correctness, attacked by a gang of Latinos and despised by a Korean convenience store employee, this straight white man loses his temper and shoots.
If this story happened today, Douglas’ character would wear a MAGA cap and applaud the recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion.
FIGHTING CLUB (1999)
Or how a bobo who is tired of living in an increasingly sterilized world joins the ranks of a gang of hyperviolent conspiracy theorists fomenting a bloody and manly revolution.
Do I really need to say more?
A masterpiece that has seen everything, foreseen everything. By the great David Fincher.