THE ARTIST AS A [CLOSET] PROPAGANDIST
The Rise of America’s own Leni Riefenstahl—Yay!
Dateline: New York, 23 December 2012
I wake up this morning to see (in half disbelief) yet another disgusting trailer for a movie whose images immediately conjure up another ARGO…this time by Kathryn Bigelow who, by all rights, should be getting a special salary from BOTH the Pentagon and the CIA.
Apparently she’s come up with another pretentious flag waving film, ZERO DARK THIRTY. (http://www.zerodarkthirty-movie.com/). Yes, Bigelow’s specialty is to produce effective propaganda in seriously artistic (take note) pastel tones: no coarse, loud or glossy elements on that palette. At the official site we’re told, breathlessly, and a bit reverentially, that, “Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (THE HURT LOCKER) for the story of “history’s greatest manhunt…A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL…bla bla bla…” Bigelow and her writing-publicist team, good reflections of a narcissistic ingrown subculture that banishes details that might create marketing inconveniences, obviously never heard of Carlos, “the Jackal”. Well, all is permitted in the land of infinite egotistical indulgences in the name of art.