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10 Movies That Predicted a World after Donald Trump’s Presidential Win

07 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Andreas Babiolakis

It is 2017, and the new POTUS has been sworn in. Whether people have supported Donald Trump or not, there has been a mass hysteria surrounding this swearing in ever since.

With so many movements created to forget about these next four years (including Shia LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” experiment), why don’t us cinephiles band together and watch some films instead? Some of these picks are lighter selections meant to joke about the disagreements currently going on. The other entries are a bit more serious and are meant to be thought provoking.

This list is not meant to take sides, democratic or republican, in any way at all. This is an observation of the circumstances of civilization. This is also not meant to be taken too seriously, as these films were clearly not alluding to Donald Trump’s win, but rather worlds of conflict, class struggle and separations. This list is meant to be taken in jest, and more or less is a reason to celebrate terrific films more than bicker yet again.

Again, don’t look into this too deeply. This list is just for fun.

Here are the ten films that seem to have predicted a world after Donald Trump’s win, in order of when they were released.


1. The Joyless Street (1925)

This silent film and its portrayal of dismal poverty was created by Georg Wilhelm Pabst. It stars Greta Garbo in one of her earliest roles, as well as the iconic Asta Nielsen. Within this duration, a tapestry of storylines all point to the same direction in stating that the lower classes were taken advantage of. The poor were so mistreated that they had to pay for food with more than money. There is a wealthy elite, and the citizens below them that had to fight for basic sustenance.

The civilians that take charge cross the line, and so do the authority figures that control them. There are savage outcomes for some of the storylines, where people on either side acted out more despicably than they should have. This is the left fighting with the right, and the loudest of either side ending up with the most noticeable results; there do not make them right in any sort of way. The circumstances distanced society, and it was selfishness that led to all of the downfalls here.


2. Metropolis (1927)

The second silent film here is the legendary epic by Fritz Lang. It is noteworthy for affecting science fiction writing and cinema for eternity, yet it is ironic that its central message wasn’t nearly as integrated into everyday life. The different moving parts of the titular city include the fiery dwellings of the blue collar hell, the clustered horizons of the middle class, and the heavenly highs of the rich.

The film’s main message is that all three of these parts (the brains to oversee production, the hands meant to produce, and the heart to keep humanity alive while producing) are required to perform together. With the shifting focuses on what members of society will work together, this is a lesson that is still to be learned.

Easier said than done, as no party can fully integrate everyone of every profession. However, with this recent election, the concept of where America’s money will go is definitely raised. When certain towers, golf courses and other industries are taken into account, it certainly does resemble the paradises depicted in Metropolis.

When the POTUS has taken up much time of his first month to travel, that doesn’t sound too promising either. Nonetheless, it may be up to us—the people—to connect the different aspects of society to keep us afloat.


3. Network (1976)


This Paddy Chayefsky screenplay was considered a humorous satire of America’s media. When Sidney Lumet’s film was released, it was considered hilarious and so unbelievably farfetched. In so many ways, it has become, unfortunately, a prophecy.

One of its many ways is the deception of the media. When both Democratic and Republican news sources were (and continue to be) unreliably biased during the election, it deterred many. It is even more difficult to know where exactly to turn now, because both sides continue to embellish the truths in some way or another.

Then there is the attraction of the controversial. While Peter Finch’s Howard Beale sounded more like a man of the people (in a way Bernie Sanders was represented), Trump was championed as a man without a filter and the gall to take on many severe issues head on; whether that is true or not, it certainly helped him win.

Promoting controversy for means of entertainment (instead of what is best for America) is usually without its radical results, and the riots worldwide are proof of that. It seemed unlikely that a televised celebrity would take on the world, and yet here we are.


4. My Dinner with Andre (1981)


This entry is one of the tamer selections, because it will resonate less like an attack on the current political situation and more like an observation. That’s what My Dinner with Andre is: an astute look at the minor things in life that separate us greatly. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory star in this remarkable example of how a film can triumph by simply relying on the magic of its leads. You have two characters who resonate as lovers of life wondering what it is all about.

The discussion ends up being a philosophical debate about how one should live. Shawn cannot understand the luxuries Gregory experiences day by day, as he suggests that it is not the true way to appreciate being alive. This is a separation between classes and lifestyles done in a more tasteful way.

Even for those who aren’t reacting drastically with the recent turn of events in America, there will sometimes be an agreement to disagree much like this film showcases. Even though it isn’t malicious, there may still be a discussion that wasn’t quite as prevalent with previous presidents (not in quite some time anyways).


5. Blade Runner (1982)

The city is similar to Metropolis with its tall structures and cluttered streets. It is different with its heavily influence on Japanese cultures. Nonetheless, there are commercials plastered everywhere, and the elite live in the most exotic structures that can see as far as the eye can bare (unlike the ground levels).

This is a world where capitalism not only won, but it dictated every miniscule move from here on out. The droids that society once made are to now be stripped of their freedoms due to their ability to feel more than anticipated. They must be exterminated for being too free.

The state of America isn’t nearly as barbaric and hopefully will not be. However, recent laws are now being countered upon and even are threatened to be removed. The people who are considered “different” feel jeopardized, especially now more than ever. The discrimination in the streets seems higher than ever (or only appears that way), and it is these same people that are now trying their best to fight back.

Some are more extreme than others, but this is a battle that will not end anytime soon. The people who once felt free within the new turning points of America are reacting to the very sudden shifts in the opposite direction and are being targeted for it. Let’s just hope it never gets this bad.



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