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Re: now the only crimes are those by ISIS
Posted by Marcello (Guest) - Monday, September 8 2014, 16:58:16 (UTC)
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That's funny, I just caught the tail-end of "Network" (directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayevsky, 1976), and I'd like to add this from the film to what you posted from "JFK":

"There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that... perfect world... in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel."

Although I like Oliver Stone's films, I still think he would have not been the filmmaker he has become had it not been for the film artists from the period of 1967 (starting out with Arthur Penn's, "Bonnie and Clyde"; and ending in 1980, with Martin Scorsese's, "Raging Bull"). That was the last golden age of serious film making in Hollywood, until George Lucas and Steven Spielberg came along and shifted the entire paradigm from film as art or social commentary, to film as mindless entertainment and business (Bread and Circuses) and therefore, "BOX OFFICE CHAMPION!" Fortunately, Oliver Stone has learned to balance being a businessman/entertainer and artist/social critic.


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