Left-Wing Propaganda In TV & Cinema (Part I)

by fedor8 | created - 27 Dec 2010 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

There's a rumour going that Hollywood and European cinema are firmly in the hands of the Left, and that they misuse this enormous media power to disseminate their twisted political beliefs amongst the mostly ignorant sheep aka the film-goers. Their most common victim: the naive brain-washed nerdy film-buff who believes everything Hollywood and French cinema tell him, and who takes movies far too seriously as an "art form" - even going so far as to take flicks as a source of information.

Since WW2, the success of Capitalism in the West has had Western Marxists fuming and foaming at the mouth. How does one fight against something that works - especially when one's own (alternative) ideology has been proven time and time again to be an utter failure? Marxists tried taking concrete physical action by taking their misguided cause to the streets in the late 60s, but it didn't work; aside from a few Soviet-influenced Leftist college professors and a bunch of bored/gullible students, the masses pretty much did NOT want a Red Revolution - in the slightest. There has been an ongoing, persistent and dirty propaganda campaign by all left-wing elements to discredit Capitalism (hence democracy) in every way imaginable. Nit-picking through its flaws (because Capitalism isn't perfect) - plus making up blatant lies about it: these are the basic methods used.

Marxists realized that the only way to fight something that works in practice is to smear it in theory - or fantasy, in this case: on the big and small screen. Film and television offer the best platforms for disseminating nonsense and fallacies: you simply make a claim, without having to prove it. A perfect vehicle for anyone whose sole aim is to mislead. Western Marxists will NEVER be appeased until they help bring about the fall of Capitalism and democracy. They are on a mission. It's up to us viewers whether or not this decadent propagandist machine, fueled by sociopaths, quasi-intellectuals and other misanthropes, will eventually bring about this long-awaited negative change and instability - two things Marxists long for with all their hearts. Economic downfall comes right after moral disintegration and all-encompassing dumbing-down, two more elements Marxists work at ceaselessly. The goal? Destroy the Capitalist/democratic West from within, and then take over once there is economic chaos i.e. when there is a fertile ground for political extremism.

And then? Establish a hardcore dictatorship in which a selected elite of psychopaths will walk all over millions in order to expand their own wealth - under the guise of "creating a new man". Btw, this laughable notion of creating "a new man", i.e. this hopeless undertaking of making gigantic artificial evolutionary leaps, is pretty much what the Nazis had envisioned as well. Just one of many parallels between National-Socialism and Marxism, i.e. one of many similarities between the two extremes which Western left-wing propaganda prefers to keep quiet about - with good reason.

Just to avoid any misunderstandings, the list includes blatant propaganda films disguised as "objective" documentaries i.e. fiction pieces, but it also includes "harmless" entertainment flicks that hadn't been made with the sole and expressed purpose of promoting Leftist ideology, but into which the filmmakers threw in more hidden i.e. less obvious messages and occasional jabs at the Right (and I don't mean the extreme Right).

What the vast majority of Western left-wing propaganda film-makers fail to realize is that even when they have some valid points to make (which is admittedly rare), they make it very difficult for any intelligent or sane viewer to take them seriously because they overload their films with excessive bias and utter nonsense. They use anti-logic, fact-twisting, misquoting, half-truths, manipulative editing, music as over-dramatization, and other simple propaganda tools that make their films the useless sources of information they are.

It's called overkill, and when you exaggerate too much you end up achieving very little. Too greedy. Most of the "documentaries" listed here are so heavily biased that they fail on almost every level (except in exposing the film-maker's ignorance and dishonest intentions), even when their criticism is valid (which, again, is rarely the case).

I welcome all suggestions and criticism. If you are a liberal and feel you must label me a "Fascist" just because I don't share your views, it's your choice. But keep in mind that I have omitted all movies whose primary focus is sending a clear anti-Nazi message, such as "Blood In The Face", even when they were made by Marxist directors. If you can convince me that a movie or TV series is here by mistake, I will remove it.

Any movies you find missing here you will quite likely find on my other propaganda list, Part II.

The list consists largely of blatant propaganda "documentaries" and obvious Leftist thrillers/dramas. But also included are flicks that aren't overtly political yet contain little jabs at the Right i.e. sneaky little left-wing messages.

Again: left-wing propaganda is just a rumour. Perhaps I'm TOTALLY wrong, and it's just a figment in our collective imagination. Might even be mass hysteria, this naive notion that Hollywood is a den of Communist/left-wing vipers. Perhaps all these films are Right-wing.


COMMENTS: The comments section changes introduced several years ago have basically ruined what used to be a fun interaction between list-maker and reader, hence I will be disabling comments on nearly all of my lists. (I said nearly: you're free to spend an hour perusing my other lists to find one that does allow comments.) So if you want to let me know what you think, PM me.

Oh no, wait. They've disabled PMs. So I guess there is no way you can share your views of my lists and reviews with me. That's called "progress".

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1. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 19,569 | Gross: $40.38M

2. The Parallax View (1974)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels, Walter McGinn

Votes: 13,757

3. The Myth of the Liberal Media (1998)

60 min | Documentary

Destroying the myth of the 'liberal media,' the documentary shows how corporate interests influence the news coverage of key events.

Director: Sut Jhally | Stars: Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky, Justin Lewis

Votes: 85

4. 1900 (1976)

Unrated | 317 min | Drama, History

70 Metascore

The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Francesca Bertini

Votes: 21,046

5. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 978,223 | Gross: $70.51M

6. The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 151,078 | Gross: $15.54M

7. Unstrung Heroes (1995)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home ... See full summary »

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Andie MacDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 2,913 | Gross: $7.93M

8. The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress (2006)

75 min | Documentary

34 Metascore

A look at the criminal investigation of Texas Congressman Tom DeLay on campaign fund-raising charges and his efforts to redraw the state's Congressional districts.

Directors: Mark Birnbaum, Jim Schermbeck | Stars: Tom DeLay, Jacqueline Blankenship, Beverly Carter, Paul Burka

Votes: 115

9. Hidden in Plain Sight (2003)

90 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

A feature length documentary by John H. Smihula

Director: John Smihula | Stars: Sanford Bishop, Noam Chomsky, Eduardo Galeano, Christopher Hitchens

Votes: 48

10. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,613 | Gross: $1.44M

11. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

Director: Niels Mueller | Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson

Votes: 24,814 | Gross: $0.70M

12. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, War

54 Metascore

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Director: Grant Heslov | Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 123,491 | Gross: $32.42M

13. The Lucky Ones (2008)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan

Votes: 13,122 | Gross: $0.18M

14. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

157 min | Documentary, History

78 Metascore

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes, William Kristol

Votes: 3,778

15. Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

R | 116 min | Documentary, Crime, War

70 Metascore

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Megan Ambuhl Graner, Javal Davis, Ken Davis, Anthony Diaz

Votes: 3,734 | Gross: $0.23M

16. The Contender (2000)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Senator Laine Hanson is a contender for U.S. Vice President, but information and disinformation about her past surfaces that threatens to derail her confirmation.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater

Votes: 22,165 | Gross: $17.87M

17. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets which he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 58,857 | Gross: $0.75M

18. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 588,326 | Gross: $37.63M

19. In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, War

A documentary chronicling the background to, and history of, the Vietnam War.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Buttinger, William R. Corson

Votes: 1,482

20. Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

PG | 103 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, John Corcoran

Votes: 4,544

22. Steal This Movie (2000)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 2,175 | Gross: $0.08M

23. Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, History, War

65 Metascore

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz

Votes: 7,027 | Gross: $0.01M

24. All the King's Men (2006)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

Based on the Robert Penn Warren novel. The life of populist Southerner Willie Stark, a political creature loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana.

Director: Steven Zaillian | Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 22,964 | Gross: $7.22M

25. Green Zone (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor

Votes: 124,828 | Gross: $35.05M

26. Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, War

Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and ... See full summary »

Director: Will Pascoe | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky

Votes: 569

27. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 93,130 | Gross: $16.76M

28. Lions for Lambs (2007)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Peña

Votes: 46,030 | Gross: $15.00M

29. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,563

30. Iraq in Fragments (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

84 Metascore

Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Mohammed Haithem, Suleiman Mahmoud, Muqtada al-Sadr, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,369 | Gross: $0.20M

31. The War on Democracy (2007)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Martin, John Pilger, Sean Crotty | Stars: John Pilger, Philip Agee, Salvador Allende, Jacobo Arbenz

Votes: 2,136

32. Hacking Democracy (2006)

82 min | Documentary

The film the voting machine corporations don't want you to see. HACKING DEMOCRACY follows investigator/grandmother, Bev Harris, and her citizen-activists as they set out to uncover how ... See full summary »

Directors: Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels | Stars: James Naughton, Bev Harris, Deanie Lowe, Harri Hursti

Votes: 1,207

33. Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

R | 86 min | Action

49 Metascore

A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

Director: Michael Davis | Stars: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 141,265 | Gross: $12.81M

34. Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

R | 146 min | Drama, Thriller

An imprisoned rogue USAF general with a secret personal agenda, escapes the brig and takes over an ICBM silo, threatening to start WW3.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Roscoe Lee Browne, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 2,652

35. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker, Jason Patric

Votes: 66,907 | Gross: $6.78M

36. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 440,103 | Gross: $35.55M

37. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

Votes: 3,347 | Gross: $0.56M

38. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,737 | Gross: $119.19M

39. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,074,715 | Gross: $760.51M

40. Sublime (2007 Video)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man gets a colonoscopy. He wakes up in a hospital bed after a wrong operation. He's confused/scared and thinks back at talks at his 40th birthday party about hospital errors, scams etc.

Director: Tony Krantz | Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Kathleen York, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Kat Coiro

Votes: 6,602

41. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

Votes: 7,256 | Gross: $1.25M

42. Sir! No Sir! (2005)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, War

74 Metascore

This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks ... See full summary »

Director: David Zeiger | Stars: Michael Alaimo, Edward Asner, Joe Bangert, Tom Bernard

Votes: 627 | Gross: $0.11M

43. Catch a Fire (2006)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu

Votes: 9,827 | Gross: $4.29M