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Cinema gets real

In 2001, I wrote in Prospect that cinema was the ultimate right-wing art form. Five years on, at least part of the movie world seems to have become less escapist

By Mark Cousins   123

Five years ago, I argued in Prospect that despite Democrat-inclined movie stars and liberal directors like Spielberg and Scorsese, movies have always been essentially right-wing. This applied even to “new Hollywood” movies like Taxi Driver.

No writs arrived. No rebuttals. Maybe that’s because my piece was largely about cinema’s past, about the way mainstream cinema has been about escape. As the standard-bearer of permissive capitalism, Hollywood has always whispered in our ears that we must lie back and enjoy the ride. And so we do. We buy a ticket for Gladiator or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to play truant in…

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