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Laughing With Hitler

Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 7, 2007

A bizarre but compelling examination of humour in the Third Reich (58 mins). At first this was tolerated, and even encouraged – back then, no-one took the Nazis too seriously, and the more people were snickering the less they were rising up – but as the war drew on jokes became a channel for subversive informationand dissent, and by the end laughter out of turn was cracked down upon severely.

(via SmashingTelly.com)

Posted in censorship, comedy, documentary, fascism, free speech, germany, history, human rights, humour, propaganda, satire, torture, video | Leave a Comment »

Hollywood at War

Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 3, 2007

Most of us have no direct experience of war. Most of what we do know of war comes from films, and overwhelmingly American films. Tonight we bring you not one, but two documentaries, via Michael Greenwell, that show how Hollywood’s portrayal of war is influenced by the American military.

Hollywood and the Pentagon

Operation Hollywood

See Michael’s blog for a review of both films.

Posted in censorship, cinema, documentary, empire, film, hollywood, military-industrial complex, propaganda, USA, video, war | Leave a Comment »

Taking Liberties

Posted by Dave (The Void) on November 19, 2007

Released just as Tony Blair was leaving office, this film documents his ten-year war against civil liberties, begun as a way of protecting businesses from ‘harrassment’ but dramatically escalated as part of The War Against Terror.

(that was a trailer; click here to watch the whole film)

I had a few things lined up to go with this film, but decided they detracted from the seriousness of the issue. However, the soundtrack is ace, and that last song deserves reposting in its entirety without being talked over. So here, for your listening pleasure, is Jarvis with Running The World.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 28, 2007

A fascinating look at America’s bizarre and highly secretive film ratings system. (98 mins, 2006)

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OUTFOXED

Posted by michaelgreenwell on July 9, 2007

Robert Greenwald’s documentary (even if he is part of moveon.org) shows excellently some of the techniques used by todays media.

Posted in brainwashing, capitalism, censorship, corporatocracy, documentary, film, iraq, journalism, media, murdoch, politics, propaganda, TV | 1 Comment »

Iraq – The Hidden Story

Posted by Dave (The Void) on February 19, 2007

You’re a journalist in Iraq. You have two choices: court near-certain death on the streets, or stay in custody of the all-powerful occupying forces. In this hardhitting documentary (49 mins), Jon Snow shows how this dilemma, combined with the natural squeamishness of television news, keeps us from ever appreciating the horrors of occupied Iraq.

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