Although many people view films as a mere form of entertainment, it is difficult to accept them as just that given the fact that throughout history, films have been used many times as propaganda. Sometimes they were used to shape the public’s opinion on matters of global importance while other times they were used to gain the public’s approval on the horrifying tragedies that come with war, with the latter usually being the case (Horgan). Whether it be the Japanese, the Germans, or even the Americans, propaganda through film has helped many countries win many wars and achieve their political agendas in the past. This practice has continued on to today and will certainly continue in the future.
From the beginning, the basis of the propaganda film has always been the intentional bias that the director or organization in charge of making the film chooses to portray. Many times this bias is easier to distinguish in films that are from state-controlled film industries, such as those of North Korea and China, rather than those from independent film industries such as that of the United States, otherwise known as Hollywood (Cody). In Hollywood, producers and movie studios usually have the upper hand in deciding what content gets to be sent for the public’s viewing because very few people can afford making films, and thus solely their opinions are expressed to the masses (Giambrone). Surprisingly, the situation is all the more similar in state-controlled film industries as the government pushes content that supports their own political agendas and interests; as Giambrone explains, “In fascist regimes, the state run film industry propagandizes in the interest of the national agenda. In communist regimes the state r...
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...c, like citizens of any other country, want to always believe that they are on the right or good side of war, and films like American Sniper help us justify soldiers killing children in the name of war (Horgan). Just as President Roosevelt did during World War II, the George W. Bush administration met with several Hollywood film directors to make films that supported Bush’s policies on war and policies of national security. This meeting then resulted in the tactically organized releases of “jingoistic war films such as Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers, and Behind Enemy Lines, ...while war films with a critical perspective such as The Quiet American and Buffalo Soldiers were quietly held back” (Westwell). However in 2004, Michael Moore released Fahrenheit 9/11 which seeked to check the power of political leaders (such as Bush) on films in the United States (Westwell).
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