ALL THE KING'S MEN - the trump playbook

We watched All The King's Men last night and I'll be damned if this isn't the playbook for the Trump phenomena.  Not FACE IN THE CROWD - where a relatively great guy is totally corrupted by the power of populist love - which I've always felt was closer to Portrait of Dorien Grey.  

In All the King's Men, Willie Stark isn't a good guy.  Willie Stark is a believer in Willie Stark from the outset.  Everyone around him that is drawn to him is or becomes a believer.  He's never a good guy - it's just that his path takes him through good guy territory.  If he wasn't drawn to the politics he was drawn to, he would have been the same creature, only in a different scenario. 

What occurred to me watching it, was this film happened to have been remade in 2006.  Ten years later, fiction becomes reality.   

The entire film is on YouTube which I've linked to below.  

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Comment by Rosigami on March 4, 2017 at 12:59pm

I will definitely watch this.

Comment by Phyllis on March 4, 2017 at 12:59pm

Past is Prologue, nothing is new.

Comment by koshersalaami on March 4, 2017 at 1:24pm

Never saw it but I read the book. Been a long time, though. The writing was surprisingly poetic. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 4, 2017 at 1:30pm

Willie Stark's character is often thought to be inspired by the life of Huey P. Long, former governor of Louisiana and that state's U.S. senator in the mid-1930s. Huey Long was at the zenith of his career when he was assassinated in 1935; just a year earlier, Robert Penn Warren had begun teaching at Louisiana State University.  Stark, like Long, is shot to death in the state capitol building by a physician. The title of the book possibly came from Long's motto, "Every Man a King."

Life is often stranger than fiction.  R&L

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 4, 2017 at 1:39pm

What I thought interesting was the cadence of speech in the film, which reminded me of the dialogue of Ayn Rand.  Not the content, obviously but the rhythm and delivery.  Also the biblical references combined with the populism.  

Stick with it.  It begins to take shape about 1/4 of the way through and suddenly it might occur to you as it did to me that when the people are in dire need, and an able candidate presents, the people will make him or her the god to save them. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 5, 2017 at 8:54am

oh my goodness.  how'd that happen?

Comment by koshersalaami on March 5, 2017 at 9:41am

How'd that happen? How detailed an answer would you like? And if you really want one, how far back do you want me to go? 

I'm half kidding. 

Comment by Robert Young on March 5, 2017 at 10:52am

-- Willie Stark's character is often thought to be inspired by the life of Huey P. Long

not "thought to", admitted.  "Warren did not deny that Long served as an influence or inspiration for Stark:"

the wiki:

Comment by Boanerges on March 5, 2017 at 12:48pm

The book and movie also provided a title for "All the President's Men" -- which is also perhaps not inapt, given the current DC situation.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 5, 2017 at 3:41pm

The destiny of our country is in our hands. The press, the intelligence community and the voters have got to keep the pressure for independent investigations <-- plural of this admins ties to russia and the Russian hack of our election. 

This is makes Benghazi and watergate and monicagate and every other gate look paltry. I don't understand the rights willingness to sell us out. 

I DO understand his supporters standing with him. He's their guy even while he clearly isnt. No one is willing to address reality like trump even though he has no working solutions. Hes the guy whos willing to talk about issues no one else will.. 

but all hes offering are hateful lies, pie in the sky and demented bizarro platitudes. 


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