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When does film become propaganda?

I reduxed 'When We Were Soldiers' the other night. I had not seen it since its first release in 2002. I realized this was not about the valor of VN and the first Air Cav battle but about bodies coming home from war. War was coming and Mel pitched in to warm us up to caskets and flags. In fact, the movie was rather shoddy as if thrown together in a hurry. These are the things film makers do to accommodate agendas.

The American film-goer has been pounded with all kinds of agenda messaging over the past decade that is beyond blatant. The most hapless victims of this process have been our youth. Our rudderless kids are being constantly blown off course and distracted with social agendas that encourage convoluted thinking and behavior. Part of this problem is the politicization of our major film industries with tax cuts and other incentives to push political agendas onto the public.

There is a time and place for propaganda but the relentless push for forced social change is not one of them and our film industries should not be leading the charge for whatever incentives they manage to get.

It's wishful thinking but maybe Doris Day and the Duke need to be resurrected to save Americans from unhealthy agendas.


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