Posted by María Valdés
In the film “The Candidate” (1972), Robert Redford personified a new way of approaching a political campaign, which seems to predict what the new USA president-elect Barak Obama managed to do in the recent 2008 elections.
As the NY Times film critic A.O. Scott says, the film reflects the “obsession with the internet of politics” and the “emergence of political consultants as a media celebrity”. This is a tendency which seems to be present in the current state of politics not just in the USA.
However, the picture that reminded me of president-elect Obama was the scene when Robert Redford’s character has just won the election and is sitting in a room, with enthusiastic voters waiting for him to make an appearance. His political consultant is euphoric. But the senator-elect, looking far from happy, asks him: “What do we do now?”.
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