Cover detail. "Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C." by Mike Canning

Washington in the Movies: How Hollywood Views the Nation's Capital

February 5, 2013
On February 5, 2013, Mike Canning presented a lecture on the accurate and inaccurate ways in which Hollywood films depict Washington, DC.

The lecture was based on Canning's new book: Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C. The lecture included images from films spanning more than half a century.

Canning has written movie reviews for the Hill Rag since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1993, and maintains a website ( featuring film reviews and essays. He was a programmer and commentator for ten years for the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s classic films series, a long-time officer with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and a Hill Center board member. He also served on the founding board of Capitol Hill Village. He and his wife Judy have lived on the Hill, on and off, since 1965.

Past Lectures