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Hollywood is right

Hand on heart, they were liberals. From Bogart to Scorsese, the actors and directors who have made American movies great belonged chiefly to the left. Didn't they? Cinema is the ultimate right-wing art form

By Mark Cousins   April 2001

Democrat tom hanks is number one box office just about everywhere in the world. Democrat Steven Spielberg has recently been knighted. De Niro and Streisand were friends of the Clintons. This year’s best film Oscar nominees Traffic and Erin Brockovich are the latest in a long liberal tradition in mainstream Hollywood dating back through Schindler’s List, Philadelphia, Wall Street, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, Spartacus, Citizen Kane, 12 Angry Men and Casablanca. Few stars graced George W Bush’s inaugural ceremony.

And further back things weren’t much different. Bacall…

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