‘Politics of the movies’ or ‘movies about the politics;’ both are inseparable in our time of political dramatization. While every general elections around the world become a performance ritual, it’s natural for the viewers to blur the line bordering politics and cinema. Contrary to the politically turbulent 70s, when movies assimilated the urgency of the political situation into their narratives, contemporary politics assimilate the exaggerated reality, rhetoric and melodrama into the political narratives. With both the cinema and politics search for new forms, the political movie lovers can wait for more intense and gripping films in the near future. Streaming platforms like Netflix have an impressive repository of political movies. So, here’s the list of really good political movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
10. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stanley Kubrick’s enigmatic political drama, ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ takes us for an apocalyptic odyssey through a near-futuristic society. The teenager Alex DeLarge is the gang-leader of a band of ‘droogs,’ who celebrate ultra-violence, sexual torture and sadistic acts on their victims. The group find ecstasy in pain and suffering of others and take excessive amounts of drugs. Besides leading the band in its horrible acts, Alex is a die-hard fan of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music. He plays it during the band’s attacks to intensify his orgasmic pleasure. Being the marked alpha male in the group he never lets anyone question his leadership. But during a sexual assault of an older woman, Alex is cornered and caught by the authorities and subjected to a newly designed rehabilitation therapy. The therapy catapults Alex’s attitudes and preferences and he becomes a mere victim of his old ‘droogs.’
Kubrick’s brilliant take on fascist societies power exerted on every layer of the hierarchical society, whose supreme power is the ruling machine, is a true masterpiece of political cinema.
9. V for Vendetta (2006)
‘V for Vendetta’ is a shocking portrayal of Great Britain as a fascist state in the near state. When the young British woman Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman, is saved from the noose by a mysterious man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V. She becomes curious about his whereabouts; she finds more details about him, which reveals the image of a guerrilla rebel who fights against the fascist elements to free Great Britain. She joins hands with him in the fight against fascism and together, they start to hunt down those who are responsible for surrendering Great Britain to a set of fascist heads. ‘V for Vendetta‘ is director James McTeigue and writers The Wachowski Brothers unleashing their fury towards everything institutionalized and undemocratic in nature. The movie hints at an uprising of violent vigilantism when all the democratic institutions fail.