Posted by lex, on May 7, 2006
Andrew Klavan in the LA Times suggests it’s time for Hollywood to get on board for the big win:
We play with our children, read books, go to work and enjoy recreations only because people with guns stand ready, willing and able to kill other people with guns who would kill us if they could.
It’s sweet to forget this and therefore difficult to keep it in mind. “It is hard for those who live near a Police Station to believe in the triumph of violence,” as T.S. Eliot wrote. That’s us — we Americans, protected by a mighty military that by and large obeys the rules of our republic — safe enough, and keeping much of the world safe enough, so that we find it hard to believe in what would happen if that protection failed.
His suggestion? Make some movies. The drama being played out in the Arabian deserts has both a local personal intensity and global historical sweep that Hollywood should be falling all over themselves to capture, and there’s no need to pay for creativity: it’s all actually happening. Right now. They could play it anywhere from up close and personal, to grand and epic. There’s money to be made there, which is what I thought Hollywood was all about. They could even do it with “nuance,” and you’d still be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys:
Today we face an enemy in the grip of a belief system just as evil, just as destructive in its intent, as the system we fought back then. We were attacked at home in this war as we were in World War II. The outcome of the struggle is just as much in doubt. Worse, because Islamic fundamentalism supersedes nationhood, the danger it poses is more protean and diffuse. It’s easier to pretend it isn’t there, more tempting for the war-weary and the fatally foolish to waver and sound retreat.
He’s got some ideas why we’re not getting the kind of movies we got back in the old days, the last time we faced this kind of threat. I guess it boils down at the end to the idea that Hollywood isn’t making movies to impress the public so much as they’re making them to impress themselves.
Wonder how that’s going for them?