Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rebels with a cause

Watching a Hollywood movie, From Hell (2001). I've seen it several times, a Jack The Ripper mystery.

Since it's based on a graphic novel by an anarchist, its cartoon approach to class, gender, religion, etc is not surprising. The bad guys are rich, White, upper class, Christian (Mason) males and the victims are women, foreigners, Jews, etc.

One of the ironic moments is when the Bad Guy aristocratic head of the police assumes that the killer will likely be a foreigner, an Indian or a Jew, we know that we are supposed to be disgusted by his bigotry. Blah blah blah. Zzzzzzz. The usual embedded propaganda.

But when it is a product marketed by 20th Century Fox, a huge global Hollywood corporation and makes a $35 million profit, it is hardly a cri de coeur from the streets. What industry is more akin to the so-called "unregulated capitalism" bugbear than Hollywood and TV?

A film like this is, in fact, along with every other TV or movie product from these people, propaganda against one oligarchy in favor of another. Its own.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, Jack the Ripper was recently revealed to have actually been a foreigner. A mentally ill Pole, if I remember.

I remember a Sherlock Holmes video game in the same vein. In the end, it is revealed that Jack the Ripper is Jewish. Rather than reveal the killer's identity, Holmes and Watson decide to let the case go "unsolved," for fear that the revelation would lead to a pogrom.

These Hollywood elites seem to be ignorant of the fact that, if the hordes they catered to were ever unleashed, they would be among the first to hang from the street lamps. Unless they think the panem-et-circenses act will keep the masses sufficiently docile.

-Sean

DrAndroSF said...

A book made the case that he was one of the prime suspects at the time, a Polish Jew.

But of course there was a storm of counter-argument.

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