Monday, December 22, 2008

More Thoughts: They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Early in 2007 I viewed a couple of Warner Bros. WWII shorts and reflected that similar movies could not be made today, even though we're again at war:

"What struck me the most, though, given the P.C. times we live in, was how fearlessly these movies named and spoke against our enemies. These movies could not and would not be made today, when too many people are afraid of giving offense. You just know that today some timid P.C. types would claim that in insulting those who would kill us, we'd be driving them to hate us even more and inciting them to greater violence."

William Katz writes along these lines for Power Line, as part of a tribute to Van Johnson.

Katz writes that "Today, a film like THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO could not get made" and goes on to examine the reasons. It's a succinct and thoughtful essay which is worth taking the time to read.


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