Hello friends! Ever wonder what it means when you see on the Big Screen a reference to the fact that the movie you just watched and had an emotional response to was produced “with the assistance of” the US Military?
Just how extensive has the US military’s influence on Hollywood been over the years? How many movies has the US Department of Defense helped bring to the public’s attention? How extensively has our collective consciousness been surreptitiously influenced by the US military-industrial complex?
Now, thanks to someone’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiry, we have a comprehensive list of ALL the Hollywood films that have received the US military’s blessings and technical assistance. The list goes back all the way to the silent film era – they claim that they helped produce D.W. Griffith’s notoriously racist, pro-Ku Klux Klan film “The Birth of A Nation”, as well as (apparently) “Francis” the 1950 film that ushered in the “Francis the Talking Mule” franchise! Other surprises on the list include “Ernest Saves Christmas” and “Airport ’75” and “Airport ’77”. We wonder what subtle, pro-military messages they managed to get in to these approximately 330 Hollywood propagands vehicles? What was the reason for their involvement in “Twister”? “The Rocketeer”? “Iron Man” I and II? You didn’t know that when you go to see a Hollywood film these days that you may be getting a dose of pro-US military propaganda, did you?
So we hope all you film buffs enjoy this contribution to the history of US Government propaganda efforts in Hollywood over the past century. By the way: the source for this document was the United States Department of Defense website’s FOIA section at http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/recent.html and was released to the Internet on 20 June 2014.
We’re also going to present another doc that was released along with the film list:
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