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The hugely successful 300 fuses comic book homoeroticism with unashamedly reactionary politics. How can supposedly liberal Hollywood have produced such a movie?

By Mark Cousins   May 2007

Hollywood releases on average three films a week in Britain, more than 150 a year. Since the product in question is a film, which is labour-intensive and unpredictable in its income generation, it comes as no surprise that Hollywood tries to standardise as much of the production process as it can. Thus genre, stardom, story structure, themes and marketing methods are all made formulaic—frustratingly so for those of us who like surprises.

But occasionally a film comes off the conveyer belt that seems to have escaped the cookie-cutter. One such movie is 300, which is well on its way to…

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