John Heartfield, 1932 – (German, 1891–1968), Rotogravure, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Yet another iconic image from the cinema to illustrate one of today’s political stories. This time from the 1969 landmark counterculture film Easy Rider.
The Telegraph’s Christian Adams uses this iconic image from the film to highlight David Cameron’s panic and his lurch to the right in the face of UKIP’s perceived popularity .
Tuesday 21 October 2014. The Telegraph – Christian Adams/Dennis Hopper
Although there is very little narrative connection between the film and the political story, nonetheless it does adequately illustrate Cameron’s panicky pandering to the back-seat drivers for a more right-wing approach to immigration, and generally, all things Europe. In this case the back-seat driver is depicted as the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage.
After the defections from the Tories to UKIP, and the loss of a safe seat to one of those defectors, Cameron is scrabbling around looking to appease his party and his supporters before the next bye-election – and indeed before the General Election next May.
I do think that Adams has missed a trick in reworking the image. Just look at that tartan rug behind Nicholson (Farage) and Fonda (Cameron) in the image from the film. With the vote for Scottish Independence behind him Cameron now has another monkey on his back. Adams could have worked the Scottish allusion that into the cartoon. Still.
Director: Dennis Hopper, Writers: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern, Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. USA, Colour, 1969
In previous entries I have discussed the reuse of Fine Art and Cinema imagery by modern political cartoonists. Well today I can expand the use of iconic images to television and magazine photomontages. We are still in deep Tory party conference mode and also reference a big news story about a hugely controversial company having to admit wrong doing and writing off several hundreds of millions of pounds.
Friday 03 October 2014. The Telegraph – Christian Adams.
David Cameron’s speech was based around his promise of (currently unfunded) tax cuts, whilst George Osborne was freezing ‘working-age’ welfare payments to the poorest and withdrawing it all together from 18-21 year-olds. This really show Cameron’s and the Tory ideology and in this lurch to the right shows that he is scared of the perceived threat from UKIP. He seems to have forgotten what he said on The Andrew Marr Show, May 2nd 2010:-
“I want to, if I’m elected, take the whole country with me. I don’t want to leave anyone behind. The test of a good society is you look after the elderly, the frail, the vulnerable, the poorest in our society. And that test is even more important in difficult times, when difficult decisions have to be taken, than it is in better times.“
THE FROST REPORT – THE CLASS SKETCH.
Writers: Marty Feldman and John Law Stars: John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett. First Broadcast: Television, UK, Black and White, 7th April 1966.
Friday 3rd October 2014. The Guardian – Steve Bell
logo into a loan shark and I think the link between Wonga, payments from that company, and closely linked Adrian Beecroft, to the Tory party and what they were expecting from Cameron is pretty obvious.
Bell has taken this image from one of John Heartfield’s political photomontages published in Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung. This workers’ newspaper cleverly used deceptively realistic montages cheek-by-jowl with straight documentary photographs, many of which savagely satirized the Nazi regime,.
Here, Heartfield specifically links Hitler’s electoral success with his courting of wealthy industrialists and businessmen. He and Bell gives pictorial representation to the idea that money fuels political power and whilst Heartfield specifically links the Nazi salute to a plea for cash, Bell highlights the belief that Cameron is in the pocket of business and if they don’t get their way funding will cease.