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Draken 03-23-2005 05:34 AM

Operation Hollywood
<a href="">Operation Hollywood</a>

"You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that your going to send their sons and daughters to die."

Never let the absurdities of history get in the way of a box-office blockbuster.

The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon

Hollywood's dirty little secret

02/20/05 "The Age" - - It's the scripts that pay a high price when Hollywood goes into battle. Brian Courtis looks at one of the movie world’s murkier truths.

Well, we've known the rules. We've known them since Errol Flynn liberated Burma without any help from British, Australian or New Zealand forces. Churchill and a few Diggers may have been upset, but the fact is when it comes to Hollywood only the good guys win and, since we're playing with their toys, those good guys must inevitably be Americans. Never let the absurdities of history get in the way of a box-office blockbuster.

They really do not want to discuss this, of course, in Tinseltown. They still see only their heroes and our villains. And they continue to win everything alone. Remember Steven Spielberg's D-Day spectacular Saving Private Ryan? Someone simply forgot that 72,000 British and Canadian troops were also involved. And if Hollywood is to be believed, it was the Americans who captured the Enigma coding machine from a German submarine; never mind that the Brits were there and accomplished that six months before the Yanks entered the war.

Not everything has been quite so eagerly promoted. We hear less, for instance, about the effects of the powerful relationship that has grown over the years between the Pentagon and the Hollywood studios, a partnership that not only can save millions of dollars for filmmakers and produce fine recruiting propaganda for Washington, but can twist history and reality to produce the ultimate in international spin.

In Operation Hollywood, filmmaker Emilio Pacull follows up an investigative study by film industry journalist Dave Robb on the help producers have sought from the military over the years. Robb, who worked for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, says he found himself obsessed with the minutiae of these negotiations with the boys with ships, tanks, materiel, information, bases, access to land, troops and some very real-looking fireworks.

His report, a page-by-page study of scripts submitted by the studios to the Pentagon, reveals an intriguing pattern of censorship and propaganda. For Hollywood, acceptance of this system means the difference between "full co-operation" and no co-operation. For the military, it involves maintaining an idealised image of the forces, their behaviour, their view of the world, the superiority of their form of patriotism, and for that matter, their reasons for going to war.

So why, they would argue, should the Pentagon spend its money on pacifism or promoting the darker side of the soldier's world? Why reward a Platoon when The Green Berets is what you're after?

Among those with an opinion in Operation Hollywood are Australian director Phil Noyce, Phil Strub from the US Department of Defence, historian Lawrence Suid and Joe Trento, author and president of the anti-war Public Education Centre. This, they all agree, is a world where lines, plots and nationalities are changed so that film producers can gain access to expensive military hardware.

In the 1995 James Bond movie Goldeneye, for example, the original script had a US Navy admiral betraying state secrets. This was changed to make the traitor a member of the French navy. After that the military's co-operation was forthcoming. Pacull and Robb takes us from the pedantry to the powerful in examining the changes to scripts. They list the producers and the movies that have fallen into line and show how the military's script editors work. Interestingly, it's not the censors who come under fire here quite so much as those co-operative, self-censoring filmmakers.

Still, as Robb says, in what has become ostensibly his campaign against this system, the long-term effect on generations of young Americans is an unknown. “How many of those killed in Iraq died because they joined up after they saw what was presented in a film?” How many have died as the result of unknown recruiting propaganda?

All a producer needs do for assistance, it seems, is submit five copies of his script to the Pentagon for approval, make whatever script changes the Pentagon suggests, film the script exactly as approved by the Pentagon and preview the finished product for Pentagon officials before it's shown to its broader audience. And, according to Robb, as he puts the boot firmly into Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Goldberg (Stripes), John Woo and other producers and directors, many do this gladly. It is, he insists, Hollywood's dirtiest little secret.

Not that the big screen is alone. Among the early changes we hear about is a scene from an episode of the children's television series Lassie in which a light aircraft crashing in the woods concerned the Pentagon. A change to the script was called for. The military didn't want children, the subject of its future recruitment drives, to get the idea that the US Army produced faulty equipment.

Not surprisingly, Washington will back what it sees as the positive message every time. There is enthusiasm for such gung-ho films as The Longest Day, Top Gun or, believe it or not, Pearl Harbor. There is no point talking to them about Apocalypse Now, Platoon or Dr Strangelove. As for films about the wounded and traumatised victims of war, concentration camp horror, or civilian casualties ... well, that has nothing to do with them, does it? Use your imagination, however, and make a heroic star of yet another four-star general and you will be marching step-in-step with America's medal-winning movie buffs. And be rewarded for it.

There are other ways to win the day. It would be interesting, for example, to see how the Pentagon would react to the sentimental reflections on wartime that British television so enjoys. In the escapism of Foyle's War, for example, the message is one of sacrifice and understanding. Michael Kitchen's wise old police chief, Foyle, uses wisdom, patience and tolerance in an idyllic Sussex setting against petty crimes and sabotage. This, rather than some one-sided battlefield slaughter, shows us the old values we're fighting for.

Soldiers and civilians are generally given positive treatment; blimpish landowners, politicians and generals get short shrift. This week, in They Fought In The Fields, the sweet and splendid Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) is on the farm with a troubled gang of land girls, while her boss is out sorting spies from prisoners of war. There are few fireworks, few toys from the boys, but a gal's still gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

Operation Hollywood, broadcast on Australia's, SBS 02/23/05

Copyright © 2005. The Age Company Ltd.

nohope187 03-23-2005 03:07 PM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
does anynone know of any new govt/hollwood propaganda films coming out soon? Think pro war in middle east, pro police state homeland security glamorization and the like.

get_real 03-23-2005 04:43 PM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
Haven't heard anything yet, other than War of the Worlds coming out June 29, with Tom Cruise--I think. Not sure.

Yeoshua 03-24-2005 02:42 AM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
The Da Vinci Code is currently in Pre Production,I don't necessarily believe that it is a tool of the NWO, however I'm sure you chaps do. Directed by Ron Howard, Writing credits, Dan Brown (novel),Akiva Goldsman (screenplay).

I came across this link some time ago, I'm not sure if it was from here or not, but I think this is quite amusing, being as the film was relased in 1993 - Arnold for President back then eh? Only if the American Constitution is amended!

Yeoshua 03-24-2005 08:45 AM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
In order to promote war and get the youth involved in the philosophy of warfare, the movie industry is not the only culprit. What about the 'Illuminati controlled music industry'? which the KLF otherwise known as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, furthermore known as the Jams, The K Foundation and have been fighting for the past 20 years.

Art Terrorism, Media Manipulation, Culture Jamming call it what you will but Drummond and Cauty (KLF) know how to push boundaries.

Are you not just being suckers for the global double bluff?

Organised chaotic rebellion.

Anyway, I digress,
Paul Hardcastle - 19 (really a statement of the horrors of the Vietnam war?)

Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Pink Floyd - Dogs of War
Stan Ridgeway - Camouflage

Oh F*ck it, here's a list of genuine anti war songs, and a question; If the 'Illuminati' controlled media (film, television and music) why would these songs be so popular?

Masters of War - Dylan
Working Class Hero - Lennon
I Ain't Marching Anymore - Ochs
When the Ship Comes In - Dylan
Political Science - Newman
Born In the USA - Springsteen
Bullet the Blue Sky - U2
Youngstown - Springsteen
Heaven is Falling - Bad Religion
Roll With It - DiFranco
Waltzing Matilda - Bogle
A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall - Dylan
With God on Our Side - Dylan
Times They Are A Changin' - Dylan
Us and Them - Waters
Bravery of Being Out Of Range - Waters
Oliver's Army - Costello
Army Dreamers - Bush
Short Memory - Midnight Oil
U.S. Forces - Midnight Oil
Mothers, Daughters, Wives - Small
Covert Battalions - Bragg
Southhampton Dock - Waters
The Tide is Turning - Waters
Call It Democracy - Cockburn
Lives in the Balance - Brown
Strangest Dream - Mcmurdy
Vigilante Man - Woody Guthrie
War - Barrett Strong
Rockin in the Free World - Neil Young
Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley
Fortunate Son - Fogarty
Send in the Marines - Lehrer
Cops of the World - Phil Ochs
Work for Peace - Gil Scott Heron
Attack of the Peacekeepers - Biafra
How Long - Brown
Flowers of Guatemala - REM
Son Came Home Today - Bogle
Between the Wars - Bragg
Rumours of War - Bragg
Shipbuilding - Costello
New World Hawdah - Johnson
Imagine - Lennon
Bold Marauder - Farina
Don't Let the Bastards - Kristoferson
Fixin To Die Rag - McDonald
Sam Stone - Prine
One Tin Soldier - Coven
Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Universal Soldier - Marie
Don't Wanna Be a Soldier - Lennon
The Call Up - Clash
Bullet In Your Head - Rage
The Great Mandala - Yarrow

Draken 04-05-2005 09:04 AM

Dowbenko Reviews Hollywood Movies
Guys, check out these reviews, they are quite good I think. Worth reading.

<a href="">'Fight Club': Secrets of Janus</a>

<a href="">'Arlington Road': How to Produce A Scapegoat</a>

<a href="">'Traffic': How the Drug War Became Big Business</a>

<a href="">'AntiTrust': Redefining the Killer App</a>

<a href="">'The Patriot': Don't Tread on Me Or Else</a>

nomad 04-05-2005 10:36 AM

Re: Dowbenko Reviews Hollywood Movies
I believe 666 is coming out June 6 2006.

nohope187 05-05-2005 06:31 PM

Re: Dowbenko Reviews Hollywood Movies
yeah, Uri Dowbenko usually has some interesting things to say over at conspiracyplanet. :-P

truebeliever 05-05-2005 09:49 PM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
"Kingdom Of Heaven".

I have not seen it but it's obvious where it's going.

Does anyone think it's a coincidence that Ridley Scott gives us a view of Imperial Rome in Gladiator with a suitable hero and the dissing of the Senate as hopeless? The ONE mighty man to save us?

Then we get the utter tripe of "Black Hawk Down" right on the start of the "War On Terror"...the kiddies were crying in there seats for those brave American soldiers armed only with helicopter gunships, APC's and state of the art surveillence against high tech natives with AK 47's and RPG's.

And now THIS! A crusade for fucks sake!

Go and watch the trailer at...

Near the top is "Ridley Scott creating worlds".

In it, Ridley Scott says..."What i'm more known for doing is creating worlds"...which then effortlessly moves into a clip where we have the old King played by Liam Neeson saying..."a new world, a better world than has ever been seen, that is what lies at the end of a crusade".

It must be nice Ridley. Paypacket from the studio and another from the Department Of Homeland Security - Hollywood Propaganda Department.

Draken 05-06-2005 02:03 AM

Re: government/hollywood propaganda
Liam Neeson, who played the pedophile, rapist and torturer Alfred Kinsey not so long ago...

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