Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Where Hollywood most expresses itself politically is in the Feature Documentary and the Foreign Film categories. The Fog of War (a movie about Robert McNamara's endless Vietnam America culpas, and The Weather Underground fill the bill here. The Academy's description is interesting:
As frustration mounted during the 1960s among groups opposing the Vietnam War, disenchanted members of the Students for a Democratic Society formed a radical offshoot called the Weathermen. Dedicated to the overthrow of the American political and economic systems, the group embarked on a campaign of violence that would eventually force many of its members into hiding.
"Violence" is a euphemism here. People were murdered in terrorist attacks by these people. My interest in these people is the same as the audience's interest in Charlize Theron's character in the film Monster.