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Javnost - The Public, Vol. 24 - 2017, No. 1

2008–2013 Political Biopics: Adapting Leaders for a Time of Crisis

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In an atmosphere of global crisis, the number of political biopics has grown very significantly, with specific characteristics that are in line with the times. This article analyses a group of films released between 2008 and 2013 (the most critical years of the economic recession) which had an international impact. This study notes the formal features of this “new political biopic” genre and highlights two of its main qualities. First, the use of narrative patterns defines the public and private spheres of the leaders in a very contemporary way; and, second, there is a commitment to a set of leadership traits with which the monarchs and politicians of these films are characterised.

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