Archive of films Wag the Dog / Wag the Dog
1997, 97 min
Section: Special Events
Barry Levinson has a rich and remarkable filmography covering a variety of genres, with several titles rightfully claiming a place in the history of cinema. After Rain Man, the primary contender is the scintillating satire Wag the Dog, aimed at both sides of the equation: those who quite literally fabricate political causes to order and those who willingly gobble them up.
Barry Levinson is a master of many genres, and he likes to cast movie stars that will allow him to bring out their full talents. This is certainly true of his timeless political satire, which popularized the American phrase “wag the dog” around the world. Dustin Hoffman as a smug Hollywood producer, the brilliant Robert De Niro as a political spin doctor, and a grandiose hoax that the pair stage in order to draw public attention away from the president’s sexual misconduct with an underage Firefly Girl on the eve of an election – these are the ingredients the director ingeniously combines to mock the machinations of power, the media hunt for scandals, and the willingness of the public to allow its opinions to be blatantly manipulated.
About the director
Barry Levinson (b. 1942, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). Selected filmography: The Natural (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Rain Man (1988), Avalon (1990), Bugsy (1991), Sleepers (1996), Liberty Heights (1999), Bandits (2001), What Just Happened (2008), The Humbling (2014)
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Screenplay:||Hilary Henkin, David Mamet podle románu / based on the novel by Larry Beinhart|
|Dir. of Photography:||Robert Richardson|
|Art Director:||Mark Worthington|
|Producer:||Barry Levinson, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal|
|Production:||Baltimore Pictures, New Line Cinema, Punch Productions, TriBeCa Productions|
|Cast:||Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Willie Nelson|
|Sales:||Park Circus Limited|