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Why No Hollywood Films About Communism? – AbigailAdams

- by - February 25, 2013 - 15:46 America/New_York - 8 Comments

In this season of the Oscar I’d like to take a moment to posit an important question and to share the burden of a curious mind.

The link takes you to an article from 2003: “Hollywood’s Missing Films”. For the past several months, off and on, I’ve been rooting around the internets looking for Hollywood-made films about life under communism. One would think that since the Fall of the Wall that an enterprising producer, director or writer would have cashed-in on the availability of first-person accounts of life under Stalin.

There have been plenty of fantasy films about the destruction of the U.S. (many with space aliens), but where are the fact-based films about the real destruction of Russia and China under their Communist dictators?

HBO did a tee vee movie, “Stalin” (Robert Duvall) and PBS made a series “Communism: The Promise and Reality” (you can view both on YT), but Hollywood has been silent about the greatest man-made tragedies of the 20th century. Beyond the easy quips about Hollywood being Communist itself, I’d like to know why the greatest story telling machine on earth refuses to take on the subject of human misery on a scale as vast as life under Communism. Perhaps because the subject doesn’t lend itself to Grammy-winning songs?

I think there is an Oscar-winning portrayal of an ardent Stalinist who lost two Stalin-loving husbands to the paranoid dictator’s hit men. I think the woman is still alive. Wouldn’t she become as much a household name as Oskar Schindler?

What say you?

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  1. MaryfromMarin

    February 25th, 2013

    Be careful what you ask for, @Abigail—someone at Pixar or Disney might hear you. Then we’d be treated to something like “Marxists, Inc”, “Finding Nikita”, or “Berlin Wall-E”.

    Seriously, you pose an excellent question. Why no films on that subject, indeed?

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  2. AbigailAdams

    February 25th, 2013

    @Mary — You are too funny! Great titles.

    If you have the time, I highly recommend the linked article. One would think that the old timers still kicking around Hollywood would finally come clean on the subject. And it does point out the necessity of HUAC and McCarthy; events of that era that are bubbling up in conversation today.

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  3. Dr. Tar

    February 25th, 2013

    There was a good movie about life in East Germany

    The Lives of Others – made by the Germans however, but an interesting movie that stresses the dreariness, banality and utter corruption of the police state.


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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 25th, 2013

    For the same reason they won’t do a movie on what really happened at the Scopes trial. We get Inherit the Wind with all of it’s high drama, but none of the truth. If hollyweird did a truthful movie about the Scopes trial, it would have to be a screwball comedy. Read Ann Coulter’s book Godless, which has footnotes.

    Besides, do you expect that any hollyweird writer would tell the truth about socialism when 95% of them are avowed marxists?

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  5. RickeyG

    February 25th, 2013

    Ann Barnhardt recommended the Russian movie “Admiral” (available on YouTube), I thought it was really good.

    Also “Katyn” about Stalin’s slaughter of 20,000 Polish troops in WWII is more widely available. I believe clips from it were used in that recent clip BFH posted about gun control. Haven’t seen it yet but it is critically acclaimed by all but the most serious libtards.

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  6. Dr. Tar

    February 25th, 2013

    If you get a chance see a 90′s movie from Russia – “Burnt by the Sun” – it does a nice job of conveying the purges of the Red Army in 30′s.

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  7. Brian in BC

    February 25th, 2013

    Dr. Tar, glad you recommended The Lives of Others…that was my first thought as well. Highly recommended.

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  8. AbigailAdams

    February 25th, 2013

    Thanks for all your comments. Yes, there are a number of worthwhile films about Communism but no compelling ones out of Hollywood, U.S.A.

    Next Up: “Expelled” (Ben Stein) — “The Closing of the American Mind” and the end of seeking the truth in science.

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