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Revisiting Hollywood’s fascination with dictators

I think most of us have seen this, but it remains timely, and worth a second viewing:

6 comments to Revisiting Hollywood’s fascination with dictators

  • Jerome

    I haven't seen this and this is hilarious. Who can get tired of seeing this murderer fall face first?!?

  • Honey

    This helps explain why some of †he same liberals love Obama.

  • Rayarena

    I believe that this sick fascination can be explained at least partly by castro's anti-americanism: the myth that this man singled-handedly started a revolution in this "impoverished, third-world country" that kicked the American "exploiters" out. Of course, this ignores that castro did nothing of the sort. The real revolutionists were killed by Batista's soldiers while castro--being the coward that he is-- was hiding in the Sierra Maestra mountains for everything to blow over. Without so much as having fought one day in his life, he took over--after Batista left Cuba--- the vacuum left by the death of those that really fought in the revolution. Then people like Jean Paul Sartre [Whom the great Reinaldo Arenas called "una puta"] helped consolidate castro in the eyes of would-be intellectuals around the world who fawn and swoon over all things French. They probably figured, if Sartre thought that castro was great, he must be so cause the French know better!

    Of course, castro has also proactively cultivated these shallow Hollywierdians through his army of official artists, people like Alicia Alonso and the late, overrated, Cuban director, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

  • asombra

    Sartre is a perfect example, one among MANY others, that "intellectuals" are highly, HIGHLY overrated, not to say frequently full of shit (and I'm not just talking about his stand on Cuba).

    In all fairness, pretty much all Cuban intellectuals backed Castro before he took power and did their part in helping him take it. Later, after it was too late, they either stuck with him or played the "I was deceived" or "I was betrayed" card. So where was their supposedly superior intellect? What the hell good were they? The answer is painfully obvious.

  • Mr. Mojito

    .... people like Jean Paul Sartre [Whom the great Reinaldo Arenas called "una puta"]

    I think Jean Paul Sartre had a crush on Che Guevara. This is how he described him:

    ~ "Not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age."

    ~ "Our era's most perfect man."

    ~ "He lived his words, spoke his own actions and his story and the story of the world ran parallel."

    Mr. Sartre, gazing into those pale green eyes ...
    http://www.chess-theory.com/images_photography/3055_14_che_guevara.jpg

    Sometimes, a (phallic) "cigar is not just a cigar" ...
    http://valentinroma.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/che-y-sartre.jpg