Red Star Over Hollywood
By Ed Driscoll · July 6, 2005 09:09 PM · Hollywood, Interrupted
Power Line links to this excellent review of Ronald and Allis Radosh's new book, Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance With The Left by The New Republic's Martin Peretz. In its own way, Peretz's review of the Radoshes' book is one of the best articles on the blacklist I've seen from the left side of the aisle. This is just a sample; the whole thing is well worth reading:
Imagine that there were now to be in the elites and among the aspiring elites millions of people who burnished the wisdom and political fortitude of, say, Charles Lindbergh and Ezra Pound. As it happens, these two individuals were truly great men in their ways, Lindbergh as an aviator and Pound as a poet. But they suffered the reasonable public ignominy of being sympathetic to fascism, Pound to the point of treason. Lindbergh did his penance as a combat flyer in the Pacific during World War II, but he was a hero no more. Yes, there is now an adoring Lindbergh website but that is the full of it. And, here and there, some crank clings not to the Cantos but to the curdled confusions of a crazed writer. Pound was truly punished for his war-time fascist heresies on the radio: From 1945 to 1958, he was incarcerated in St. Elizabeth's Hospital for the Insane, now inhabited by John Hinckley Jr. Nothing to compare to the lighting of candles for those who were on the blacklist.Hollywood's hero worship of the Hollywood Ten and the blacklist is arguably the reason why no film about the evils of the Soviet Union has been released by a Hollywood studio. As I wrote back in March:
For Hollywood to portray communism as evil would be to look deeply into its own soul--and question much of its last 60 years. As I said, it won't happen.The sad thing is that while Hollywood's domestic box office receipts are floundering, a film about Stalin and the Soviet Union has the potential to be a huge blockbuster. Check out Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley's outline for Total Eclipse, the best film Hollywood will never make.
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