Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 31, 2014

The Cinema of Mass Hysteria

Filed under: Film — louisproyect @ 4:07 pm

Counterpunch Weekend Edition Jan 31-Feb 02, 2014
The Cinema of Mass Hysteria

Sexual Witch Hunts, Here and There


Made in 2012, “The Hunt” is Denmark’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards ceremony scheduled on March 2nd with all the usual red carpet, tuxedo and designer gown nonsense. Apart from “Philomena”, it puts all the other English language Best Film nominees to shame. Considering that film’s British provenance, one can state that American films continue their steep decline based on the evidence of this year’s nominees, topped off by the inclusion of Martin Scorsese’s woeful “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

Now available on Netflix streaming, “The Hunt” is the first narrative film to deal with the “repressed memories” sex abuse witch-hunts of the Reagan years that inspired some of Alexander Cockburn’s best reporting. It was not the first film, however, to tackle the topic. That distinction was earned by Andrew Jarecki, who made the documentary “Capturing the Friedmans” in 2003, a film that was marred by a certain degree of ambivalence by its director. In the years following its release, Jarecki stopped being a fence-sitter and became a passionate defender of Jesse Friedman, one of the film’s subjects whose attempts to clear his name are ongoing.

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  1. I would of mentioned “Indictment”:

    Phenomenal film, great outstanding cast. About the McMartin Trial

    Comment by David Walters — January 31, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

  2. You are right about those Cockburn columns. Cockburn at his best. But I gave up on him shortly after because of his over-the-top criticism of people, mostly liberals.
    He had to trash them, I guess to maintain his position at the top.



    Comment by Marvin Shapiro — February 8, 2014 @ 5:20 am

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