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Douglas MacArthur and US imperialism whitewashed in films
Douglas MacArthur, an egotistic and fiercely anti-communist general who personifies the callousness of Western imperialism in Asia, and who in his youth distinguished himself in the Philippines “pacification campaign” and US meddling in Mexico, and who was also happy to break up in 1932 the Depression-era veterans’ “bonus army” in Washington DC, has been the object of several hagiographic films designed to make him look as a sort of flawed hero, himself a victim of political chicanery, eventually forcing his retirement.
The second feature, directed by a Briton, Terence Young, perhaps even more notorious than the previous one, was called Inchon. The most memorable aspect of this film is that it managed to convince Laurence Oliver to play MacArthur. The Wiki provides useful information:
While Peck’s participation in the first film could be attributed to the perennial propaganda fog and knee-jerk chauvinism that envelops all Americans, including of course liberals, Olivier left no doubt as to his clearly unethical motives. In an interview he was refreshingly honest about his motives. Again the Wiki:
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