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Politics as unusual

I love reading David Mamet's essays on film and theatre, even if I disagree with him most of the time (e.g., actors shouldn't act, directors shouldn't direct- I get the gist of what he's saying, that actors shouldn't over-act, and directors shouldn't over-direct, but there needs to be some level of action). One of his repeating themes is the problem of the 'problem play'. That is, the overtly political statement: a play, or movie, that's there to teach us a lesson, such as, 'blind people are people, too'. He warns, particularly, of political plays, of the risk of propaganda, which is not the purpose of drama. He says, that if you want to force people to a certain political action, there is s

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