The Academy Awards were held earlier tonight, and another year has passed without a single great major movie about America’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The Hurt Locker” did win awards but it was panned by numerous veterans and did little to increase respect for the military.
The documentary “Restrepo” was well done but it earned l…ess than $1.5 million. As this link demonstrates, Hollywood made 117 films about the military during WW II, but not one since the 9/11 attack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_War_II_films They included classics such as “Casablanca” which won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Hollywood use to have a significant role in increasing the nation’s patriotic spirit, and the Greatest Generation fully supported our armed services. They would not have understood the so-called Tea Party Patriots who are against the Patriot Act, and this weekend cheered Ron Paul’s call for surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of the major reasons for the change is the end of the studio system, where actors had to take orders from the major production companies. Now studios make their money from renting sound stages, tours, and distribution deals. Hollywood still views Afghanistan and Iraq as “Bush’s wars” and they are not about to produce a patriotic movie. Patriotism has been out of fashion for a long time.