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Is directed huge Hollywood hits like Rain Man the natural and wag the dog plus many many more.
His latest film is called Hollywood.
Features actors and different roles this time -- participants in the political process please welcome Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson -- Welcome OK you.
Hollywood has got the air show on showtime event for the second it's debut.
It's really a chronicle of -- traveling to both conventions along with some -- to see.
How they interface with people in the political process what was the revelation that you had an -- going to both conventions back to back.
Well I mean there's there's a number of things -- -- one is how much in an affected you take this intersection of politics media and celebrity and how.
How they're so connected together and the concept of a polarization.
Which is and has since been exploited and you know for the the last X number of years.
Because a sense it becomes.
He gets ratings -- generates income so in com is other words if we're having a conversation.
It is not as interesting is if we had ignored it.
If we're really taking sides of one another were really carrying on and you'll see more and more of that all through television through the cable channels because.
It drives our ratings so it becomes.
A the evolution of where news win.
When we knew when to these conventions it was interesting in the documentary.
That there were sort of preconceptions of the Democratic Convention it was very clear that some of the actors were very comfortable there you saw tears in their -- when Obama spoke.
They didn't have quite that same feeling and yet Republicans are just -- star struck when when there's somebody that embraces them.
They love it yes yeah so it's not like that you know I sometimes and I'll be honest I sometimes hear Republicans talking about those Hollywood liberals and and how they're trying to influence elections but if they can snag -- on -- more than happy to do it so it's really a little disingenuous and act like this.
-- -- all one -- yet now in the end of the day look there are people who are concerned citizens some of them happen to be celebrities and they basically -- Support some candidates or certain kinds of issues mostly issues more than candidates very very few do.
And and they can get some kind they can at least.
Draw some attention to a certain -- and -- the Creative Coalition in a believes an arts.
And in -- it's an education and they they feel very strongly as a nonpartisan issue.
And so therefore they try to make people in -- pay more attention to that issue because.
A lot of these things get lost in the shuffle because there's so much noise is playing up -- certain areas that so many issues that.
We feel that are valid get lost in the shuffle that's in a sense.
Part of the the chaos that exist.
We we keep dealing with certain little issues in the big issues get left on the side.
One of the -- scenes in the documentary pointed out that it was almost like going to a football game where people cheer their team on it doesn't really matter what about their team and their issues.
And I think that would be true of both Republicans and Democrats -- and you find that.
The chanting and all the -- the convention has become a shell I mean there's no question it becomes a television channels so in a way but it used to be -- convention going back.
In the days of radio and even earlier mean there was a whole political process now it is.
It is a television show at 840 so and so goes on they're gonna do this you know it it his way you know -- program -- having been on the stage of one of those things I can tell you it is extremely scripted.
And everything is timed to the second and everything is planned with every visual.
The -- venue you're right -- it was interest -- that there were a couple of just citizens that you had.
That were in the documentary and they were all lamenting.
That this is nothing more than a television show right so it was not just Barry -- saying that.
It was people at the conventions -- recognize that they were essentially human props for what has become this incredible.
For the media so is is that good or bad thing and what do we do added to change that or can we at -- well I think that that's part of the real problem I think when you know political conventions become you know television shows -- you know win.
When so many candidates have to make these ads.
That are basically some form of entertainment 32 spots etc.
everything becomes away from what are the real problems and how -- we deal -- it and it all becomes -- And it loses it so I think in -- in the the irony is that the conventions to lose more and more of an audience.
Because it becomes so planned that has no spontaneity.
And -- just says things and there's nothing that's unpredictable.
That we become more board.
It is it's like watching a game that's already been played you know the outcomes of the only person you'd watch it is -- you really like to see your team -- exactly regularly I'm pretty evident but that's a strange you know phenomenon -- that so.
You know I just I probably gonna get by the way a letter from the RNC really can -- not not being very happy to -- -- admitting that.
It's all a show but it is -- and anybody that that says it's not is just not being honest it is a three day in a lot of events of which each party basically you know celebrates.
You know their party.
And I tried to not.
Put my voice and in comment to me in accused or whatever just let you know let these elements play out a low level lot of people say certain things that are.
I think -- were were fairly interesting and I think an audience can really enjoy it and just see.
Where we are and some of the the good.
That we have and and the bad and see what happens from we have such misconceptions.
About one another.
And one of the elements you CNN documentary.
-- is when people say we'll people Hollywood you know don't really know about the rest of the country.
The irony is that people from Hollywood came from everywhere in the country.
They came from Kansas or Arkansas or whatever because of of the fact that the way this society functions that you can get ahead and they did.
And then they can be accused.
Of being you know latest and -- brought these people together and let them talk and the beginning it starts he's fireworks and within ten minutes.
In this conversation all of a sudden they find how many things actually have in -- That we -- aren't sold divided.
We have a lot of things in common the question is.
Do when are we gonna start to listen and pay attention rather than just accuse and point fingers is that fascinating documentary and I'm gonna say.
-- obviously I mean this sincerely not just -- just sitting here.
You've done some of the best films and Americans film and has -- obviously thank.
Continue many many more very pleasant --
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