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Not buying the filmmakers' agenda

September 14, 2008

BRITISH DIRECTOR Ridley Scott's list of failed Iraq war movies was hardly jingoistic ["Conspiring to Make a Hit Movie" by Chris Lee, Sept. 7].

If anything, save the one exception of "The Kingdom," they all shared a moral theme that America and its military are severely flawed and the war in Iraq is without value. (Perhaps the heroic, blood-and-treasure sacrificial liberation of 27 million people deserves some consideration.)

He implies that those lightly viewed movies of the genre were too pro-war, a conclusion that is laughable at least and delusional at most.

The fact is, most Americans still don't appreciate an $8, two-hour political infomercial disguised as art, and they know how to stay away in droves.

If Scott and his ilk before him insist on casting their political agenda ahead of box office, then they and the shareholders they represent should expect and be content with yet another financial bomb.

Something to think about the next time he ponders his own directorial next step along with his national loyalties.

Larry Hawthorne

Hemet

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