When I, or anyone, applauds or condemns a film for being "socialist" or "capitalist," depending upon our respective positions, we base our reaction upon how the film measures against our beliefs. What is the difference between the beliefs of the liberals and beliefs of those generally considered conservative (myself included)? Liberals would say films that are capitalist are propaganda, but I would say films that are liberal are indoctrination; what does that mean? "Indoctrination" and "propaganda" are both political terms (which usually have negative connotations in America, but aren't meant to); is "pure art," free of political presence, possible? Pompeii, just released this weekend, is obviously pro-socialist, but it bears striking plot similarities to The Legend Of Hercules which came out about a month ago, and is pro-capitalist. By comparing these two films, I hope to distinguish what the two positions are--indoctrination & propaganda, against the traditional role of art or "pure art" (and trust me, that phrase "pure art" has huge problems with it, but we'll just bracket those for the time being). Here is the trailer for Pompeii:
Need I say more?
Uncle Sam's Buying: The Monuments Men for more).
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