In June 2013 a book titled “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” was published by Harvard University Press. The book was written by Ben Urwand, a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. Urwand in his book asserts that Hollywood actively “collaborated” with Nazi Germany, hence the title “The Collaboration.” There are some who disagreed with Urwand’s assertion such as The New Yorker’s David Denby, who reviewed Urwand’s book and wrote an article titled “How Could Harvard Have Published Ben Urwand’s ‘The Collaboration’?”
What both Urwand and Denby agree upon is that Hollywood, driven by profits, censored movies to appease a tyrannical government.
Denby in his article quotes Steven Alan Carr, author of “Hollywood and Anti-Semitism: A Cultural History Up to World War II.” Carr in an email to Denby stated,
“The idea that Hollywood collaborated with the Nazis mistakes a tactic for a strategy. The fact that those in Hollywood, rightly or wrongly, saw negotiations with the Nazis as a key way to leverage keeping American films in theatres abroad seems especially important.”
Whether tactic or strategy it is clear that the largest Hollywood studios wrongly worked with Adolf Hitler’s representatives to present Germany, the Nazi Party and the Aryan race in a favorable light, regardless of the truth.
KEY TAKE AWAY: In the 1930s Hollywood was driven by profit and did whatever it takes to sell its movies, even self-censor. What drives Hollywood is pure greed!
Adolf Hitler understood the political power of the silver screen. Hitler loved Hollywood movies. Hitler understood that foreign films would have a social impact on Germans. The Nazis were racists but wanted that fact hidden. Wikipedia notes:
Hitler made references to an “Aryan Race” founding a superior type of humanity. The purest stock of Aryans according to Nazi ideology was the Nordic people of Germany, England, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
The Nazis claimed that Germanic people specifically represented a southern branch of the Aryan-Nordic population. The Nazis did not consider all Germans to be of the Nordic type (which predominated the north), and stated that Germany also had a large “Alpine” population (identified by, among other features, shorter height and higher incidences of darker hair and eyes).
Hitler and Nazi racial theorist Hans F. K. Günther framed this as an issue to be corrected through selective breeding for “Nordic” traits.
DW.com writes this about Urwand’s book:
The US-based Australian scholar [Urwand] writes that American film bosses and functionaries started working closely with the Germans in the early 1930s, in order to ensure that their productions would run in Germany.
According to the historian, the Americans got themselves involved in an ominous deal, agreeing to editing stipulations for Hollywood productions and making sure that films didn’t contain criticism of the Nazi regime. They allegedly rejected projects that would have brought up the persecution of Jews in Germany, writes Urwand.
It was the behavior of MGM head Louis B. Mayer that gave Urwand the idea for his book. Mayer apparently showed the German consul in Los Angeles at the time all of MGM’s films – to get his approval before they ran. If the consul didn’t agree with a particular scene – say, because it put Germany in a negative light – then it was removed from the film. Mayer’s story inspired Urwand to embark on nine years of research.
Like other American companies such as IBM or General Motors, the Hollywood studios put profit over principles in their decision to do business with the Nazis, wrote Urwand, adding that the studio bosses, many of whom were Jewish immigrants, put up with a lot to maintain ties with Germany. [Emphasis added]
Today Hollywood is back to its old tricks of self-censoring but this time politics trumps profits.
According to The Verge domestic movie theater attendance has hit a 25-year low in 2017. The Verge reported:
Movie theater attendance in the US and Canada in 2017 fell to its lowest point since at least 1992, Bloomberg reports. Box Office Mojo estimates around 1.24 billion tickets were sold, a drop off of 5.8 percent from the previous year. Even with higher ticket prices, domestic revenue also dropped 2.7 percent from last year, from $11.4 billion to $11.1 billion.
Question: Why? Answer: Politics!
Hollywood has become overtly political. A recent example is Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “The 15:17 to Paris.” A Truth Politics article titled “As Hollywood Tries To Stop New Patriotic Movie, Clint Eastwood Gives Them Brutal Surprise” reports:
His current film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” is in the final edits, but the Hollywood crowd hates it, and they tried to stop certain people from seeing it. The reason is the pro-American message it sends, described in this synopsis on Google: “In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe.”
The summary adds, “Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board. The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film.”
Hollywood tried to limit the audience by giving the film an “R” rating. But Clint Eastwood fought back. Truth Politics noted:
The movie stirs real patriotic emotion and honors the three American heroes who have military backgrounds. It shows an Islamic terrorist, who gains entry into France as a migrant, attempting to slaughter 500 people, with three Americans stopping him. This just isn’t the type of movie the Hollywood crowd makes, and they tried to screw Eastwood by giving it an “R” rating.
The reason they gave for the “R” rating was it showed “violence,” and this pissed off Clint Eastwood, who is making this film so teens could also see a movie with real American values. It was a cheap shot by the liberal Hollywood idiots, and Eastwood decided that wasn’t going to happen. The legendary star shocked the Hollywood crowd by taking on the rating board himself, something that never happens. And, not only did he take them on, he blew them away.
“Clint Eastwood has won an appeal to overturn the R rating originally assigned to his upcoming film, The 15:17 to Paris. Instead, it will be rated PG-13. According to a source, the R rating was given for the train attack scene at the center of the film, which the Classification and Rating Administration described as ‘a sequence of violence and bloody images,’” reported Hollywood Reporter.
Like Hitler, who knew that a movie is a powerful form of propaganda, Hollywood is now using movies to propagandize.
KEY TAKEAWAY: Hollywood and Congressional Democrats are on the same page when it comes to changing minds via the silver screen. Both have learned their lesson well from Nazi Germany.
The Democrats decided to shutdown the federal government on January 19th, 2018 in the name of illegal aliens. Hollywood is losing at the box office. Democrats may lose big at the ballot box in 2018.
Time will tell.