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Frank Capra’s Defense of Humanity: Cinema as a Moral Institution

Matthew Ehret

For those who find themselves with excess time this holiday season which they would prefer not to squander with idleness or Netflix binges, then I’d like to offer this serving of Frank Capra films to uplift the soul.

Frank Capra (1897-1991) stands as one of the most brilliant directors/producers of the 20th Century, and sadly also one of the least understood- known at best for the film It’s a Wonderful Life played every year as a Christmas tradition, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Unbeknownst to even many film connoisseurs today, Capra was not only a pre-eminent cultural warrior who took every opportunity to expose fascist movements during the 1930’s and 1940’s but also fought to provide a positive principled understanding of the divinity mankind’s higher nature in all his works. When asked to put into words what motivated him to create movies he said:

My films must let every man, woman, and child know that God loves them, that I love them, and that peace and salvation will become a reality only when they all learn to love each other”

During World War II, Capra’s Why We Fight series was one of the most important educational tools used to shape the hearts and minds of the American population towards the strategic nature and purpose of the war against the fascist machine which had received much of its support from financiers in the Anglo-American establishment.

In America, these groups were masquerading as “patriots” under the American Liberty League promoting America’s neutrality in that conflict.

It was an open secret that these groups preferred to let Hitler and Mussolini usher in a new order which they saw as a wonderful opportunity to rule the world, and it was to these groups that FDR declared famously “they who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order”. 

The President knew of what he spoke as he had declared open war on these American fascists from 1932 onward.

Capra not only struggled to revive Roosevelt’s mission to end poverty, hunger and war after the war ended, but also struggled against the CIA-run Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) which was created in 1949 to shape the new era of art, music and cinema in the post-war age as weapons against communism.

The CCF had spared no time in purging Hollywood of all “FDR patriots” under the FBI-steered witch hunt known as Mcarthyism on the one hand while promoting a new culture of banality on the other pouring millions of dollars into mind deadening film scripts conducive to an age of white collar consumerism. This CIA/CCF agenda was recognized by only a few leading film directors as a spiritual virus that had to be stopped at all costs.

Other film makers at the time that stood against this corruption included Robert Kennedy’s close friend John Frankenheimer (7 Days in May, The Manchurian Candidate), and Stanley Kramer, whose film Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) still stands alone as one of the most potent artistic exposures of the western support for eugenics and fascism.

Frankenheimer’s 7 Days in May (1964) showcased the real-life planned coup to overthrow JFK which had been arranged by the Military’s Joint Chiefs under the helm of Anglophile General Lyman Lemnitzer in 1962 after Kennedy rejected the General’s plans for Operations Northwoods.

Capra’s approach to combating this virus during the years of Cold War terror took a different path to that chosen by Frankenheimer and Kramer. Rather than exposing the rot directly, Capra focused on uplifting the image of mankind by channeling all his efforts on science documentaries for children which he felt would have the most long term benefit to humanity.

Capra had been a target of the House on Un-American Activities due to his friendship with many blacklisted film makers, and watched as Hollywood was purged of those key individuals who acted as it’s conscience when Hollwood’s role as a tool of patriotism or fascism was still undetermined.

Just as the political world was being re-shaped to a new post-moral world order, so too was Hollywood, and as historian Micheal Medved stated, “Capra refused to adjust to the cynicism of the new order.”

Capra’s documentary The Strange Case of Cosmic Rays illustrates his powerful technique that sought to unite science and art through a reverence for God’s creation which is in many ways as cutting edge today as it was 60 years ago.

Capra’s Greatest Films for this Holiday Season

After watching the brilliant It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) which not only exposed the crushing schemes of Wall Street financiers who sought to ruin local productive businesses/commercial banks but also awoke a higher sentiment of transformative love in the hearts of the audience, I would highly recommend watching his lesser known, yet equally powerful pieces You Can’t Take it With You (1938)Meet John Doe (1941) and State of the Union (1949) .

Taken alongside Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939), these films act as incredible Schillerian masterpieces which express the best potential for the moral use of cinema as a tool to both spiritually and politically ennoble a nation’s citizenry.

Capra dedicated himself to John F. Kennedy’s challenge to embark upon a new age of “open-system” collaboration around un-ending discoveries in space, producing his last film “Rendez-vous in Space” in 1964.

Spliced with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony which set Schiller’s immortal poem Ode to Joy to music celebrating humanity’s eventual emergence into an age of reason, Capra had his narrator end with the powerful words:

The Sun still lights up and gives life to our planet, but only the mind of man can light up, and give meaning to the light of the universe.”

Even though darkness clouds the path to that better future towards which world citizens like Frank Capra dedicated their lives, the light that they knew was there is getting stronger by the day. So take the time to welcome the year 2022 by adding some spiritual kindling onto your flame and let Capra’s intention come alive again.

Happy Holidays to all.

Matthew Ehret is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Patriot Review, and Senior Fellow at the American University in Moscow. He is author of the ‘Untold History of Canada’ book series and Clash of the Two Americas. In 2019 he co-founded the Montreal-based Rising Tide Foundation. He can be reached at matthewehret.substack.com

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nom de guerre
nom de guerre
Dec 22, 2021 5:30 PM

FDR was a currency speculator, not some champion of the poor and the downtrodden. If you think WWII was a just war, you know nothing of it’s origins, which trace back to well before WWI.

Capra was either incredibly naive, or was working for the open conspiracy/secret society. If you don’t think “good propaganda” is an oxymoron, you probably believe in the granddaddy of false dichotomies, good and evil, which in reality are inseparable.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:38 AM
Reply to  nom de guerre

Plus 10.

Janez
Janez
Dec 24, 2021 6:24 PM
Reply to  nom de guerre

Utter rubbish.

Janez
Janez
Dec 24, 2021 6:26 PM
Reply to  nom de guerre

Nonsense.

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Dec 22, 2021 3:32 PM

Defending Humanity:

“December 21, 2021

Over 300 doctors from around the world have today written to the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, imploring him to seek Julian Assange’s immediate release from prison in the U.K. on medical grounds.”

You can see the above news on consortiumnews.com but not on the national australian media websites.

Julian Assange is Australian!

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 21, 2021 11:18 PM

I always get a lot out of Matthew Ehret’s essays, and this one strikes many a bell (“Every time a bell rings, another angel gets its wings). Too many!

It happens upon zip codes very very close to home for me then, at times too close, as my mother was a denizen of Hollywood from the age of an immigrating 5 years old from St. Paul MN, and gave me all kinds of astonishing oral history (astonishing to me, everyday familiar to her) of early film days near her homes in the Silverlake district, then Melrose (where I had a good friend then, Endre Balogh, who, by chance, still owns the Stradivarius that he somehow already had when we met in the fifth grade) and her turn as a bright-eyed Catholic ingenue valedictorian at Fairfax High School, amongst an overwhelmingly Jewish student body, back then anyway. (I just read for the first time last night that the dearly departed Maestro Andre Previn –born Andreas Priwin in Berlin– played his first compositions at nearby Beverly Hills High School as a high school lad there.) She told me stories, now and then, over 6 decades, of sitting in the press box at the Uplifter’s Club to watch Will Rogers, from the natives nations in Oklahoma and raised as a skilled indigenous horseman, play polo, escorted by the director Frank Borseghe’s son, Junior. She lived on Mayfield for some years next door to Bob Mitchell and they became young friends, as he directed choirs at her church at their corner, St. Brendan’s, and went on to form the Mitchell Boys Choir which adds some of the warmth to the Capra-esque films like the Bing Crosby/Ingrid Bergman tear-jerkers “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Going My Way” (he was also the Dodgers’ first organist when they moved to LA and I managed, thanks to the internet, to put them both back in touch with each after 30 years MIA, just months before each died: my Mom pushing 92 years young and Bob Mitchell, still playing movie house organ in Hollywood 80 years after he began, dying 70 days later, as I found out at the library just minutes before I was about to write him of my mother’s death and happened to glance at the headline above the fold in the L.A. Times, and his obituary, died July 4, 2009!). Stravinsky, Klemperer, and Schoenberg all lived nearby, though she didn’t know any of them, but her mother took her often to hear old Otto K lead the L.A. in the years he was an L.A. refugee, like the others, from the Nazi Reich. She told me with gaps of many years between tall tales, and always off-handedly (off-guardedly?) about how Tom Mix would set up cameras in her street, as he used to ride up the empty lot next to her house in the silent movie days filming takes for a horseback-riding cowboy scene before the “talkies”, Wyatt Earp on hand to advise him “how it really was”. Yeah, sure.

More to the point, or stepping stone, on these mossy flagstones of Memory Lane, Capra was befriended by another ardent Catholic writer and an icon of the Golden Ager of Hollywood, Myles Connolly. I didn’t know it when my best friend then, long passed, an Episcopalian pastor, recommended to me the centerpiece of Connolly’s fictions, “Mr. Blue” in my late teens.

It has so much of the spirit of St. Francis of Assissi, including the resonant name of Francis’ “muse” ‘Domina Pauperpate”, or as Mr. Blue calls Her in translation in the spellbinding little book that bears his name, “Holy Lady Poverty” a title well-known to lay Franciscans, or anyone who has come under the godly spell, Go’spell, of “Il Poverello” or “The Little Poor Man” as Francis called himself. (It’s serendipitous that the full name of the city where Hollywood abides, as given by the Franciscan Saint Junipero Serra, patron of the Californias, is “La Ciudad de Nuestra Senora, La Reina de Los Angeles y La Porciuncula” ~Church of ‘The Little Portion’~ named after the tiny church in Assisi where Francis began his Mission, begging stones from the bewildered residents of Assisi, as the founding stones for his Quest.)

I didn’t know a half century ago when I first read it, and publicized my nascent dream of “Imitatio Blui” throughout the parish office and vicinity, that Connolly was a very close friend of Frank Capra, and they were so symbiotic for many years in their dreamer Franciscan variations on a theme. All of the films Mr. Ehret references are in one way or another a variation on a theme on the palpable innocence of St. Francis and his “Fools for God” followers.

I have known a number of Italians named Frank, and all of them, including Frank Sinatra (who happened to be on the phone for a few minutes once with Mom, while on hold, were all christened “Francesco” after the Saint, who, along with St. Catherine of Siena, is the co-patron saint of Italy.

Ehret mentions their connection to RFK. Both Senior, and his son and namesake, our current torch-bearer, Junior, have as their middle initial, “F” as in “Francis”.

The Little Poor Man’s reach is extensive!

You can probably say without too much argument, theologically, that all of them acquired their charism and ethos from the saint, whom not a few have called, early and often (that is, for the last 8 centuries), the greatest avatar and exemplar of Christ since the religion’s Founder. Even “Ol’ Blue Eyes” at his best moments!

But Mr. Blue was written in the 1920s, I believe 1925, and it informs much of the spirit of Frank (Francis) Capra’s work.  A Catholic publishing company, I believe “Image”, was so smitten by the message of the little book, “Mr. Blue”, that I often marvelled at the price having been fixed at 25 cents perpetually, well into the late 1990s, 25 years after I got my first copy. I don’t think it was raised until the publisher died and new owners felt compelled by inflation to raise it to a buck, or whatever!

But this all was bubbling around Mom’s Hollywood in the 1930s, and when Connolly was laid to rest, it was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, a few blocks from where we first lived in Westchester, near LAX Airport. The name struck a bell when I saw it, and then I remembered that Mom’s mother Elizabeth was laid to rest there, nearby her nephew Roman Bohnen, my mother’s favorite among her family (founder of Hollywood’s “Actor’s Laboratory”, one who died of a heart attack at 44, just days before he was to testify to HUAC and the McCarthy witch-hunters, and then blacklisted posthumously, something like a Purple Heart back then: a factoid that his bio at Wikipedia doesn’t include, tellingly, but which Mom told me several times over many years ~ Actors Lab burned to the ground shortly after his untimely death, and just happened to have its safe go missing, leading to its closure soon after, due to that shortfall in funds…………………)

~~~~

As much as Chesterton wrote what most Franciscans and Dominicans consider, by consensus, the two greatest single books on their respective Founders, this quote below, from Wikiquotes, strikes me as summarizing the spirit of brothers Capra and Connolly:

“When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: ‘Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is.’ Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies. What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics.

“The Ethics of Elfland” ~~ G. K. Chesterton

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 21, 2021 11:05 PM

I always get a lot out of Matthew Ehret’s essays, and this one strikes many a bell (“Every time a bell rings, another angel gets its wings). Too many!

It happens upon zip codes very very close to home for me then, at times too close, as my mother was a denizen of Hollywood from the age of an immigrating 5 years old from St. Paul MN, and gave me all kinds of astonishing oral history (astonishing to me, everyday familiar to her) of early film days near her homes in the Silverlake district, then Melrose (where I had a good friend then, Endre Balogh, who, by chance, still owns the Stradivarius that he somehow already had when we met in the fifth grade) and her turn as a bright-eyed Catholic ingenue valedictorian at Fairfax High School, amongst an overwhelmingly Jewish student body, back then anyway. (I just read for the first time last night that the dearly departed Maestro Andre Previn –born Andreas Priwin in Berlin– played his first compositions at nearby Beverly Hills High School as a high school lad there.) She told me stories, now and then, over 6 decades, of sitting in the press box at the Uplifter’s Club to watch Will Rogers, from the natives nations in Oklahoma and raised as a skilled indigenous horseman, play polo, escorted by the director Frank Borseghe’s son, Junior. She lived on Mayfield for some years next door to Bob Mitchell and they became young friends, as he directed choirs at her church at their corner, St. Brendan’s, and went on to form the Mitchell Boys Choir which adds some of the warmth to the Capra-esque films like the Bing Crosby/Ingrid Bergman tear-jerkers “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Going My Way” (he was also the Dodgers’ first organist when they moved to LA and I managed, thanks to the internet, to put them both back in touch with each after 30 years MIA, just months before each died: my Mom pushing 92 years young and Bob Mitchell, still playing movie house organ in Hollywood 80 years after he began, dying 70 days later, as I found out at the library just minutes before I was about to write him of my mother’s death and happened to glance at the headline above the fold in the L.A. Times, and his obituary, died July 4, 2009!). Stravinsky, Klemperer, and Schoenberg all lived nearby, though she didn’t know any of them, but her mother took her often to hear old Otto K lead the L.A. in the years he was an L.A. refugee, like the others, from the Nazi Reich. She told me with gaps of many years between tall tales, and always off-handedly (off-guardedly?) about how Tom Mix would set up cameras in her street, as he used to ride up the empty lot next to her house in the silent movie days filming takes for a horseback-riding cowboy scene before the “talkies”, Wyatt Earp on hand to advise him “how it really was”. Yeah, sure.

More to the point, or stepping stone, on these mossy flagstones of Memory Lane, Capra was befriended by another ardent Catholic writer and an icon of the Golden Ager of Hollywood, Myles Connolly. I didn’t know it when my best friend then, long passed, an Episcopalian pastor, recommended to me the centerpiece of Connolly’s fictions, “Mr. Blue” in my late teens.

It has so much of the spirit of St. Francis of Assissi, including the resonant name of Francis’ “muse” ‘Domina Pauperpate”, or as Mr. Blue calls Her in translation in the spellbinding little book that bears his name, “Holy Lady Poverty” a title well-known to lay Franciscans, or anyone who has come under the godly spell, Go’spell, of “Il Poverello” or “The Little Poor Man” as Francis called himself. (It’s serendipitous that the full name of the city where Hollywood abides, as given by the Franciscan Saint Junipero Serra, patron of the Californias, is “La Ciudad de Nuestra Senora, La Reina de Los Angeles y La Porciuncula” ~Church of ‘The Little Portion’~ named after the tiny church in Assisi where Francis began his Mission, begging stones from the bewildered residents of Assisi, as the founding stones for his Quest.)

I didn’t know a half century ago when I first read it, and publicized my nascent dream of “Imitatio Blui” throughout the parish office and vicinity, that Connolly was a very close friend of Frank Capra, and they were so symbiotic for many years in their dreamer Franciscan variations on a theme. All of the films Mr. Ehret references are in one way or another a variation on a theme on the palpable innocence of St. Francis and his “Fools for God” followers.

I have known a number of Italians named Frank, and all of them, including Frank Sinatra (who happened to be on the phone for a few minutes once with Mom, while on hold, were all christened “Francesco” after the Saint, who, along with St. Catherine of Siena, is the co-patron saint of Italy.

Ehret mentions their connection to RFK. Both Senior, and his son and namesake, our current torch-bearer, Junior, have as their middle initial, “F” as in “Francis”.

The Little Poor Man’s reach is extensive!

You can probably say without too much argument, theologically, that all of them acquired their charism and ethos from the saint.

But Mr. Blue was written in the 1920s, I believe 1925, and it informs much of the spirit of Frank (Francis) Capra’s work. A Catholic publishing company, I believe “Image”, was so smitten by the message of the little book, “Mr. Blue”, that I often marvelled at the price having been fixed at 25 cents perpetually, well into the late 1990s, 25 years after I got my first copy. I don’t think it was raised until the publisher died and new owners felt compelled by inflation to raise it to a buck, or whatever!

But this all was bubbling around Mom’s Hollywood in the 1930s, and when Connolly was laid to rest, it was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, a few blocks from where we first lived in Westchester, near LAX Airport. The name struck a bell when I saw it, and then I remembered that Mom’s mother Elizabeth was laid to rest there, nearby her nephew Roman Bohnen, my mother’s favorite among her family (founder of Hollywood’s “Actor’s Laboratory”, who died of a heart attack at 44, just days before he was to testify to HUAC and the McCarthy witch-hunters, and then blacklisted posthumously, something like a Purple Heart back then: a factoid that his bio at Wikipedia doesn’t include, tellingly, but which Mom told me several times over many years ~ Actors Lab burned to the ground shortly after his untimely death, and just happened to have its safe go missing, leading to its closure soon after, due to that shortfall in funds…………………)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A consensus of Franciscans and Dominicans will note that Chesterton wrote what most o fthem consider the greatest single 2 books about their respective founders. It helps us understand why his debating rival, GB Shaw, called him a “colossal genius”, especially when I recall that Anthony, a seminarian who was a housemate of mine in the 1990s told me that Chesterton wrote it by dictation, without notes!!

“When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: ‘Ah, yes, when one is young one has these ideals in the abstraact and these castles in the air, but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is.’ Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies. What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics.:

G.K. Chesterton, “The Ethics of Elfland”

To Frank (Francis) Capra!

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2021 1:11 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

At the end of the Cristero Wars in Mexico, many of whose descendants go to the Spanish Masses I have attended for the last forty years in Southern California, Presidente Plutarco Calles managed to get 100,000 combatants killed, while manufacturing many martyrs, at the receiving end of firing squads, etc., and newly canonized saints of the last few decades, per the Vatican. Somewhere in the fascinating history of those years of the latter 1920s, there is mention of the Scottish Rite Lodge of the Mexican Freemasons giving Calles an honorary award “for his work against the Catholic Church”.

Although, fascinatingly, I’ve never found it at a search engine, including GooGoo, this should give some huge clue as to the motive, means, and madness of who I BELIEVE was the decisive party who called the hits on the Kennedy brothers, who were laying down ambitious and productive diplomatic foundations for world peace with Pope John XXIII and Nikita Kruschev in their joint efforts to walk the world back, ASAP!, from the brink of nuclear warfare.

All three were out of office, within 16 months of each other, as the (Jewish) Dr. Norman Cousins chronicles, as JFK’s liaison with the Vatican, and Kruschev, in his fascinating history, “The Improbable Triumvirate”. (Cousins, greatly admired by my lawyer father in the years of the 1960s when I lived in his house and when he would mention him often at the dinner table, was to become a client of the latter some years later, and both received the U.N. Peace Medal in the 1970s. That is a true cameo of some of the scandalous and skanky contradictions we face, knowing as I did, my father at arm’s length, to also be attorney to some of the most scandalous globalist 33rd Degree Freemasons, such as Armand Hammer and the founder of Philosophical Research Society, a world-renowned hypnotist, and whose reading library was frequented by Sirhan Sirhan several times in late 1967!)

Enjoy!:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristero_War

WhiteOakQueen
WhiteOakQueen
Dec 21, 2021 9:17 PM

I love watching Its a Wonderful Life. Checking out the desk of mr potter and that satanic chair. The backdrops are fascinating. Many of the others I haven’t seen but will be sure to watch them. Thank you n Merry Christmas

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Dec 21, 2021 7:24 PM

Typical defense by Ehret of arch-globalist FDR, who was the architect of the post WWII US-dominated world order, complete with the petro-dollar, as agreed to by FDR and King Saud on a boat anchored in the Nile at Cairo.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Dec 21, 2021 7:12 PM

As to the clip from Judgement at Nuremberg: I think it’s been pretty well established – someone correct me if I’m wrong – that the USSR signed the non-aggression pact with Germany only because England and France refused to sign a mutual defense treaty with the Russians. The Russians signed that pact to buy some time because they knew that Hitler would eventually invade.

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Dec 21, 2021 7:22 PM
Reply to  Hsuan

And in the meantime, invaded Poland and Finland, annexed territory from Romania via armed coercion, this is why today’s Republic of Moldova exists as a Romanian-speaking entity separate from Romania.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Dec 21, 2021 9:28 PM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

Good point – although it could be argued (but I won’t) that USSR was trying to create a buffer in both Finland and Poland between itself and Germany and possibly to protect itself against England and France as well.

Greg Cantin
Greg Cantin
Dec 21, 2021 6:56 PM

RA! Ra! Ra! For the Statist Quo… IOW… Let’s love Humanity but go kill those terrible humans that just want to remove the chokehold the International bankers and the West.. had on their country after WW1. Yes, I said STATIST, not STATUS QUO. History is written by the winners, and eaten up by the dupes.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:14 AM
Reply to  Greg Cantin

Good post.

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 21, 2021 2:37 PM

One of the most famous locations in Los Angeles (location of two film studios among other things) is Wilshire Avenue.

The road was named after Gaylord Wilshire, millionaire and… revolutionary. Wilshire paid for Maxim Gorky to come to the USA on a visit that, according to Richard Spence, was both a money laundering and cash raising exercise for the Bolsheviks. Among others Gorky met H.G. Wells and soon afterwards ended up establishing a camp for revolutionaries on the isalnd of Capri, just the sort of place one would expect to find the persecuted upholders of the proletariat. The legislation passed by the US Congress in 1903 to exclude revolutionaries after McKinley’s assassination wasn’t invoked against Gorky… or Trotsky… or Bukharin… or countless other revolutionaries who got into and out of the USA unmolested.

It’s a bit like how all those counter-cultural heroes of the 1960s never got drafted or arrested for the drugs they boasted about using (unless it was miraculously to ‘escape’ like Leery or be particpants in a set-up-to-fail trial like the Rolling Stones. Funny how the Times was so sympathetic (“Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel” written I think by Rees-Mogg senior) to the Stones, like the mainstream media are always sympathetic to genuine opposition.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:17 AM
Reply to  Edwige

The Bolsheviks had no shortage of funds or funders. Jacob Schiff took credit for the “revolution”.

Howard
Howard
Dec 21, 2021 1:27 PM

Ultimately, any film is about one thing only: the viewer’s take-away. Obviously a viewer with a skewed worldview will take something away far different from what someone with a keener worldview takes.

No doubt there exists a dimension representing the film maker’s viewpoint and intent; but not everyone will pick up on it – nor need they. Unless one is a professional film critic, one’s life does not revolve around what is presented on screen.

Stanley Kramer is far and away my favorite director. His “On The Beach” and “Walk On The Wild Side” are two of the finest works in the business. If someone at some point informs me that Mr Kramer was an asset of some or another grand panjandrum, they would get a middle finger for their trouble. I don’t particularly care what someone does in his or her spare time. I’m not being asked to judge the man, just to watch his film.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Dec 21, 2021 11:44 AM

i’ve been thinking about those 2 films recently. at this moment my initial fear , when everybody failed the test of the first lockdown, that we’d be in for a long struggle against totalitarianism/fascism is very strong again. 🙁

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 21, 2021 11:43 AM

Hollywood always was a cesspool. The supposed inventor of modern film D.W. Griffith was buried in the Hollywood lodge of a certain fraternal organisation with Louis B. Meyer and Samuel Goldwyn among the pallbearers. There’s a lovely photo of it. In fact Griffith didn’t invent modern film – that was the Italians and the first ‘Cabiria’ in 1914 just happened to be about Moloch worship.

Films are massively expensive and the idea that anyone gets to make one for a major studio without serving elite interests is palpably nonsense. Capra had some talent – although his earlier films are much better than his “statement” films – but the signs of who he really served are there. The word capra happens to mean ‘goat’ in Capra’s native Sicily (a place of much dubiousness). Capra was supposedly anti-war but was in the military in WW1 teaching mathematics to the artillery. Is it reasonable to suspect this suggests some knowledge of sacred geometry? Some of Capra’s films are highly esoteric, most obviously ‘Lost Horizon’ (I would suggest that is a film no genuine Catholic would make – his Italian Catholicism ia about as real as Fauci’s and both are probably secret black nobility). Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if Capra’s entire “origins’ story” is a legend made up to sell the immigrant-boy-makes-good line and keep the migration flowing.

However the biggest reveal is what Ehret says – that he made WW2 and science propaganda films. Ehret still clings to the delusion that WW2 and the official science narrative are good things. The USA went into WW2 to save the European Asian empires (sorry, but what US interest was Japan threatening?) and there is compelling evidence Pearl Harbor was a set-up (a fleet that size can sail across the Pacific undetected? Really? How jolly convenient the US fleet had been moved from their previous home in San Diego to that more exposed position just before! And the US carriers just happened to be at sea leaving obsolete battleships as the target…. ). Still, Capra did his job persuading Iowa farmboys that they should welcome a horrendous death on some godforsaken Pacific atoll – what a good guy!

It is a bitter pill to realise that those films one loved and watched a dozen times and can recite whole chunks of dialogue were not what they seemed. However the alternative is to live a lie. There’s no shame in being deceived – however there is shame in being presented with evidence of that deception and not confronting it.

Sophie - Admin1
Admin
Sophie - Admin1
Dec 21, 2021 11:53 AM
Reply to  Edwige

There’s a fine line between realism and nihilism sometimes. Maybe the point is even non-good people can end up making something better than themselves – and refusing to acknowledge this, or see it when it happens, benefits only the darkness and nihilism we are trying to combat

nondimenticare
nondimenticare
Dec 21, 2021 6:44 PM

+++ Perfectly said. If we don’t acknowledge that, we lose our awareness of our own non-goodness and all the allies that can help us out of this mess.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:20 AM
Reply to  Edwige

Another good post.

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Dec 21, 2021 9:51 AM

Fantastic filmmaker to know. He seems to know and feel the truth. But constantly referring to god isn’t something humanists usually do.

With God comes an array of Godly Cabals.

And we know how far from the truth and humanity these Godly Cabals are. Godly Cabals are simply anti-truth and anti-humanity.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 21, 2021 8:02 AM

This is embarrassing:
 
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2021/12/18/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-pravda-everywhere-you-turn/
 
“Umm … oh sorry … there’s a couple here and there and … umm …”

Edith
Edith
Dec 21, 2021 9:32 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Amazing that she seems so happy with her announcement….at least our QLD health guy is looking the part…he is in the middle of a nervous breakdown and looks very very disturbed rather than happy. I just look at all these silly people in their mask following the orders of these crazies.

Willem
Willem
Dec 21, 2021 7:23 AM

Yesterday, The Godfather part II was on tv. In it there is a scene where Robert De Niro (Vito Corleone) is fired from his job in the shop because some maffia guy demanded that the shop owner should hire his nephew (which means that the owner can no longer pay the salary of Robert De Niro)

Well, today that Maffia is called the WEF, and the shop owner is our government.

There is direct collusion between the WEF, and our minister of Finance, our prime minister and other ministers, now proven in official (governmental) documents. In the letters the WEF even brags about ‘the great reset’ and that our ministers are very helpful in achieving that goal.

Well, we know what the great reset is all about, and even though I think they will never be able to fully unroll that great reset (‘you own nothing and be happy’), the great reset is directly working against the interest of the citizens of a Nation.

Ministers who collude with private entities that work against the interest of the people, and even pay the WEF functionaries with tax money (like the shop owner in The Godfather payed salary to the nephew of the maffia guy) commit treason. That the Dutch government is deeply involved in such treasonous acts has now been uncovered by an FOIA request from a Dutch Politician (Pepijn van Houwelingen).

Tweet (Google translated)

‘The World Economic Forum gets what it wants from our government. March 12 of this year, for example, the WEF asked 651,000 euros for a “Global Coordinating Secretariat” and a few weeks later this was promised. Oh yes, the director for this is provided by EZ.#GreatReset #WEF’

Link with documents: https://mobile.twitter.com/PvanHouwelingen/status/1473056470962954242

The implications are huge!

So of course our fourth estate (the MSM) is totally silent about this treason from ministers of which some are now caught red handed.

AMR
AMR
Dec 21, 2021 8:36 PM
Reply to  Willem

Yes, treason. But it’s only now come to light for many people… it snuck in and has been rotting the boards underneath our feet for decades. I think the treasonous feel so secure that there is nothing anyone can do – the ‘law’ and all governmental bodies being so completely owned – that they can come out into the light now.

Concepts such as ‘rights’, ‘treason’, ‘accountability’ and ‘codes’ are now seen as irrelevant relics and artefacts of a by-gone era, soon to be memory-holed.

The mass of people I know and am related to seem to believe that ALL is justifiable in an ’emergency’ – and that the difference from the totalitarian insanity of the past is that ‘they’ were evil, doing things for badness, and our government are goodies doing things for our protection and to save the human race… yes, for Gesund und Umwelt! (only in the right way, not like the nazis at all).

Is it possible to build a parallel society? I don’t know. This one is rotten at its core and the stink is now unmistakable.

les online
les online
Dec 21, 2021 3:53 AM

Had i been an American at the time, i most likely would have favoured My Country stay neutral. I might have joined a group like American Liberty League, but not if i had the foresight that, post-war, those gifted with hindsight would impugn my ‘patriotism’…
Had the Japanese been able to consolidate their control of all the countries north of Australia, i’m sure they’d have tried their luck and taken over Australia. If born, i’d probably be half Japanese. And if not a worker, then a slave on some large plantation or such. I’d probably love Sushi, Japanese sit-coms on Japanese made TV sets, and karaoke…
As most of our politicians know Who’s The Boss we’d still have Australian politicians lording it over us, while, as they do, sucking-up, but to the Japanese…
Thankfully the Japanese lost. I’m working class, and the politicians still suck…

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 21, 2021 9:28 AM
Reply to  les online

They ran both sides as they always do.

Charles Lindberg was made the figurehead of the non-intervention movement. If you look at Lindberg’s aeroplane – and especially the propeller hub – it was covered in the iconography of a certain fraternal organisation. The Lindberg baby kidnapping case is also highly dubious – it could have been contrived to hide the baby’s death from another cause or the baby was set up in a new identity to be used for other purposes when it grew up.

Lindberg was played by Capra’s James Stewart in ‘The Sprit of St Louis’. Stewart was an FBI asset and made films like ‘The FBI Story’ to glorify them.

GR-Watch
GR-Watch
Dec 21, 2021 9:54 AM
Reply to  les online

I would go for East-Asian standards of beauty and arts over hollywood trash any moment of the day!

mgeo
mgeo
Dec 21, 2021 11:06 AM
Reply to  les online

During the war, non-Japs considered them barbaric for eating uncooked animal foods. Due to the marketing blitz after the war, that soon changed.

paul
paul
Dec 21, 2021 3:42 PM
Reply to  les online

A Smedley Butler job of making the world safe for the banksters, as in WW1.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:29 AM
Reply to  les online

The Japanese were minding their own business until Mathew Perry’s gunships sailed into Yokohama harbour and forced them to “open up”.

Hoppa
Hoppa
Dec 21, 2021 2:51 AM

The movie list will keep me glued to the rectangle over the holidays. Thanks!

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Dec 21, 2021 2:01 AM

WW2 was as contrived as every war prior and since.
If it was truly a grass roots effort against fascism, Europe would not be where it is today.
The European condition today proves that the war did not truly alter the power base of the continent.

AMR
AMR
Dec 21, 2021 8:40 PM
Reply to  Thomas Frey

Yes… and once you start looking into the development of the European Economic Community, you realise that it (and the League of Nations/UN) were the planned outcomes all along. In fact, I now consider that Germany didn’t ‘lose’ the war at all. That was just a nice story to make us believe that the EEC and the UN were noble enterprises, instead of just packed full of old nazis.

Loverat 8
Loverat 8
Dec 21, 2021 1:39 AM

Sorry, this short clip flashed through my mind when addressing Tony.
I don’t know why….

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=56yN2zHtofM

Hele
Hele
Dec 21, 2021 5:35 AM
Reply to  Loverat 8

⬆️

Tony_0pmoc
Tony_0pmoc
Dec 20, 2021 11:33 PM

Matthew Ehret
Well, I had never heard of Frank Capra, and I had never heard of you..Yes you write some great stuff , after a lot of research

I am not knocking you – are you a Canadian.. (I like Canadians and Aussies too)

I am English I Live in England. My Dad was in WWII , and My Grandad was in WWI

And you start off with “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

We then get an obvious American Propagand Film from 1942

I don’t know who you are. but I suspect the people who read Off Guardian , will be not that particularly impressed. It’s probably really Good.

You got it published on Off_Guardian, and they have quite high standards. They never publish anything I write. Its justTony Again

But they do a bit.

To be perfectly honest, I think we are winning, and there will be no lockdown at Christmas, cos we fought back, without harming anyone., and my wife and I and friends are still going to the pubs, mainly to see bands.

Its just what we do. I don’t know what it is like in Canada or the USA

But in London, we don’t wear Masks

We hug and couldn’t give a fuck.

Merry Christmas

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Tony

Loverat 8
Loverat 8
Dec 21, 2021 1:35 AM
Reply to  Tony_0pmoc

God, Tony why have you never been published above the line? I bet it’s that stroppy Off G Admin who claims you don’t exist. And the fact you have never heard of Capra or Canadians doesn’t help either. Just go with the flow – one day Rodders.

Seriously, I enjoyed this one. Learned alot.

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Dec 21, 2021 2:03 AM
Reply to  Tony_0pmoc

As long as people continue to get the poison jab, and those administering the poison are free to do so, then we are not winning.

Hele
Hele
Dec 21, 2021 5:39 AM
Reply to  Tony_0pmoc

We are locking down in Canada because of the sniffles and have been wearing masks forever…though some of the natives are getting restless. Merry Christmas.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 20, 2021 11:08 PM

Behind any ‘good’ movie there has to be good writers.
Capra was not a one man band, just a good conductor.

JoeC
JoeC
Dec 20, 2021 10:41 PM

The Hollywood factory has been churning out propaganda pieces since it started. They use to be good at it. Nowadays they don’t even hide it anymore.

New Nane
New Nane
Dec 23, 2021 9:35 AM
Reply to  JoeC

I am not a Hollyweird fan.

bravenewworld
bravenewworld
Dec 20, 2021 10:38 PM

Wishing you a wonderful happy winter solstice.

Roberto
Roberto
Dec 20, 2021 9:53 PM

The fruits of their labour are now evident in a nation totally subsumed in cognitive dissonance. The active measures are complete and the revolution is almost complete!

Terrestrial
Terrestrial
Dec 20, 2021 9:32 PM

It’s time for an artistic movie about current events.Not a documentary but an Art Film.

Omnicromnomnoms
Omnicromnomnoms
Dec 20, 2021 9:52 PM
Reply to  Terrestrial

They stopped making movies with any real meaning a long time ago.
Love of others changed into love of money. Ridicule of them, the Elite’s was wiped from the screens and the the airwaves filled with songs of division. It didn’t take long, many unwittingly slept through the subliminal hijacking. Now we are here.

Terrestrial
Terrestrial
Dec 20, 2021 10:50 PM

So, we are stuck with articles, songs and real life events,

paul
paul
Dec 21, 2021 3:48 PM

Just have to make sure that every relationship portrayed is an interracial one, with wall to wall gays, blacks and trannies, plus of course plenty of the obligatory Two Minute Hates against China, Russia and Iran. With a new holocaust epic once a fortnight.

Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Dec 21, 2021 11:06 PM
Reply to  paul

And hermaphrodites, don’t forget them!

wardropper
wardropper
Dec 20, 2021 11:25 PM
Reply to  Terrestrial

As an artistic movie about current events, “The Exorcist” does it for me . . .

Terrestrial
Terrestrial
Dec 20, 2021 11:35 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Most people are possessed by a mysterious entity, a mind virus.

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 21, 2021 9:40 AM
Reply to  wardropper

‘Exorcist’ writer William Peter Blatty was an intelligence asset. If you watch ‘Exorcist II’ or ‘The Ninth Configuration’ (his two subsequent films) both are about MK Ultra.

The star of ‘The Exorcist’ Max Von Sydow had made his name in the films of intelligence asset and fraternal organisation member Ingmar Bergman (see his ‘The Magic Flute’ for the clearest example). The main point of ‘The Exorcist’ was to widen the generational divide, to split families by making parents and children loathe each other. That’s on top of its obvious blasphemy, lauding of the demonic and role in eroding censorship of course. Director William Friedkin had made ‘The French Connection’ which created the alibi for the US’ heroin influx (it wasn’t the CIA, oh no sir!) and he would go on to make ‘Cruising’ which was one of the first films to mainstream gay subculture (lovable ol’ Al Pacino in leathers!).

The whole place is a cesspool, nobody gets anywhere there unless they are on board.

Howard
Howard
Dec 21, 2021 3:27 PM
Reply to  Edwige

The part you don’t mention is that 90% of what Hollywood does is in consideration of its audience. Yes, of course, a big part of that is to condition the audience to accept certain attitudes and adopt certain values. But an even bigger part is anticipating what the audience wants – why else all those God-awful musicals during the 40’s? Virtually every “star” was a song and dance guy or doll.

One must approach movies as Jesus approached the stoning of the adulteress by asking who is without sin to cast the first stone. To establish a purity test for movies would be tantamount to establishing a no-poop zone for wild animals.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 23, 2021 10:03 PM
Reply to  Howard

“A no-poop zone for wild animals.” I feel you:

Translating the image into our situation: isn’t that a lot like what they’ve imposed on us with their ritualistic fetishist germaphobe “Covid” protocols, using some poetic license?

To hell with no-poop zones, up with StierScheisse aplenty.

After all, Proverbs 16:4 has it, in one canny translation:

“Where there are no oxen, the stable is clean.
But large crops come from the strength of the bull.”

Well, we are getting plenty of that.

I guess we’ll be “bringing in the sheaves” one fine Day.