'Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington'

Mt. Pleasant Library

'Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington'

An author talk with Mike Canning

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m., author Mike Canning will present his research on the long history of Washington, D.C. in the movies, for the benefit and entertainment of fans of local history, politics, and the cinema alike. 

Hollywood on the Potomac is the first publication to offer a comprehensive look at the intersection of the capital city and the movies --how Washington, D.C., has been portrayed in American feature films. In examining almost 60 motion pictures of the Sound Era (from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to J. Edgar), Canning reveals how Washington has been treated as either subject, setting, or background.

This survey is intended for fans and students of both movies and politics, and especially those who, like Canning, combine the two interests. It is also specifically addressed to Washingtonians curious about how their town has been depicted by Tinseltown.

Whether you find movies about D.C. just amusing, entertaining bagatelles or infuriating mash-ups of reality, this survey of how American cinema has treated our town offers some intriguing insights into Washington, D.C. history and lore.

Canning's talk will be accompanied by an A/V presentation of stills and clips taken from his book, and copies of Hollywood on the Potomac will be available for purchase and signing.