“Forgotten Hollywood”- Wag the Dog…

Posted on April 14, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`spin doctor and a Hollywood producer fabricate a war to distract citizens from a presidential sex scandal.  Something from the pages of today’s headlines?  Actually, I reference a 1997 production that starred Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Denis Leary, Kirsten Dunst and Woody Harrelson.

“`Directed by Barry Levinson, and nominated for two Oscars, Wag the Dog chronicles the directive of a fictional conflict in Albania, hoping the media will concentrate on this, instead of an  Oval Office transgression involving an unnamed President and an underage girl.  This artificial hostility, complete with a patriotic country theme song and fake footage, is designed to rally the vox populi. The contrived hoax is initially successful, with the President quickly gaining ground in the polls.

“`Critic Roger Ebert would offer this analysis:

The work is a satire that contains just enough realistic ballast to be teasingly plausible; like Dr. Strangelove, it makes you laugh, and then it makes you wonder.

“`Levinson’s movie is at the forefront of our political discourse. Pundits have drawn a number of comparisons between the movie’s plot and recent strikes on Syria airfields as a distraction from ongoing reports of a stormy tryst involving an adult film star, and alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign and election.

“`When cinema and modern history intersect, the Hollywood-and-Vine metaphoric referral is quite appropriate.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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