Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Ides of March

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Ides of March

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THE IDES OF MARCH

Directed by George Clooney (Columbia Pictures, 2011)

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As the title suggests, George Clooney's cynical drama about a presidential campaign is a tale of loyalties and betrayals, both personal and political, and of the hollow victories achieved through these various treasons.

In the days and weeks leading up to the Democratic primary in Ohio, each of the three central characters espouses his personal and public allegiance to the ideals of his campaign. Governor Mike Morris (Clooney) asserts his commitment to running a clean campaign and rejects any suggestion that he compromise his core values to win the White House. His campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) claims that personal loyalty to his boss and colleagues is the only thing that matters to him. And the seasoned press secretary Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) announces that he has found a candidate and campaign he believes in with a nearly religious fervor. …

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