Episode 4: On Tricks and Travesties

On Tricks and Travesties

The Academy has awarded the “Best Picture” to 2012’s ‘Argo’. Is this a case of politicized art or aestheticized politics? Or both? Some think that Hollywood is up to some trick — both political and sensational — with this elaborate movie. Michael and Eric debate the merits of the Academy’s choice, its film craft, and its self-contradicting political themes. Does ‘Argo’ really deserve to be “The Year’s Best Film?” Is the true story of 1979 lost in the pursuit of entertainment?

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