Abstract

This article reappraises the production, distribution, and reception of Emile de Antonio’s Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971), a satirical documentary released a year before the 1972 US presidential election, which examined Richard Milhous Nixon’s political career. Millhouse provides an enlightening look into the opportunities and limitations of overtly political filmmaking as well as the degrees and kinds of political impact that political filmmakers might achieve. The article makes use of diverse sources: the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research’s Emile de Antonio Papers, election analyses, and a case study of the film’s use in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-3905
Print ISSN
0892-2160
Pages
pp. 108-135
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-12
Open Access
No
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