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How Hollywood took on the Trumping of politics

If art is a reflection of its era, then we are well and truly in a time of populist cinema

By Ben Flanagan  

Knives Out unravels a murder mystery in a wealthy family chock full of caricatures. Photo: Lionsgate

Is there a more tired pursuit than comparing a piece of pop culture to Donald Trump? He’s our pop culture president, a blob of references that could mean anything to anyone and nothing to everyone. The fiery blond tuft of hair, Twitter-happy demeanor and casual racism are so easily mimicked. From his rise as a property mogul with spurious ethics, to his unsolicited public intervention in the Central Park Five case, to playing hardboiled…

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