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Hollywood: Rewriting the Script

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The movement against capitalism and war is having an impact on what's being produced by Hollywood.

With the rise of the anti-war movement, Hollywood is reaching back into the murkiest aspects of its history and reviving tried and tested techniques to try to crush dissent. Actors committed to speaking up against war are threatened with losing their jobs, like the rerun of a bad Cold War movie. The treatment of Martin Sheen, who plays the president in the television series 'The West Wing', is one such example. Perhaps he has put in too many unscheduled appearances on anti-war stages for the likes of NBC who are now under pressure to sack him.

Picturing the Horrors of War

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Picasso's 'Guernica' depicts the cost of conflict. Mike Gonzalez explains why it's time it was discovered again.

We are surrounded by images of war. Real, imagined or remembered conflict is a constant in the kind of films that are shelved under 'Action' at Blockbuster's. Very few computer games have gone beyond the simple binary of good and evil, friend or enemy. Newspapers regularly carry stark and terrifying photographs of the victims of war in some unnamed place--as if only fear and terror can really be dramatic. And then there is the machinery of warfare, drawn out in loving scientific detail on the nightly news. Thus war is made part of our natural experience.


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