Friday, September 02, 2011

Hollywood Propaganda is Still Effective

Remember those heroic WWII action films they used to show on Saturday morning TV, like "Bataan," or "A Walk in the Sun," that helped boost morale and motivate Americans to fight?

Well Hollywood can still produce propaganda films that deliver -- only now they are doing it for the other side:
A Balkan Muslim who killed two U.S. Air Force servicemen in March has told a German judge Wednesday that he was motivated after seeing the movie “Redacted,” which was made as a political statement in 2007 by Hollywood director Brian De Palma, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and several high-profile movie industry producers.

Arid Uka told the judge that that he murdered the two Americans in March after he watched the movie’s graphic depiction of U.S. soldiers raping a girl in Iraq, according to a BBC report. “I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan,” he said, the BBC reports.

“What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did,” Arid Uka told the court in Frankfurt.
Of course, the big names who produced and directed the film just don't understand how that could have happened:
“I honestly had not heard about it,” said one “Redacted” producer, Jason Kliot. “I’m terribly sorry to hear that, but I don’t understand how my movie would impel anyone to commit murder,” he said.

“The real culprit here is the tragedy of war, it is not Brian De Palma’s brilliant film,” he said.

“I don’t see how people would be made to commit acts of violence [after watching “Redacted”], any more than they would for watching Fox News,” Kriot said.
Of course not, but that must have been the point, because the movie never made a dime, it was a labor of leftist love:
The movie was widely praised in the movie industry and by left-of-center cultural groups. The movie and De Palma won awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and it received a “Youth Jury Award” from the 2008 Amnesty International Film festival.

But the movie made little money when it was released in Spain and in fifteen U.S. theaters.
The producers, including Mark Cuban, and the director, should be prosecuted.

For treason.

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