Now, Frank’s book creation has been made into a documentary in which filmmakers Joe Winston and Laura Cohen will attempt to take his negative propaganda message about conservatives to the next level. The usual Hollywood embrace was given to the film by movie critics, such as Roger Ebert (who defended the movie as having no axe to grind), with a glowing review that starts with the obvious words of detached professionalism in Ebert saying, “As a liberal, I…” For most thinking people, it’s time to scrape your boots again.
He continues in this vain, getting angrier with each passing sentence. But wait! Maybe our movie does have some merit after all:
I believe that the extension of Frank’s attack on Kansas in the new documentary film offer additional fruitful grounds for analysis. Historical precedence of the value of such work is abundant. Through historical study and observation, we can now see the interesting relationship between Joseph Goebbels and documentary film director
Leni Riefenstahl in the Nazi propaganda film, “Triumph of the Will.” The Frank-Winston/Cohen combination may very well offer more historical observations of the usage of indirect and direct propaganda applications and their overlap from book to movie form.
This morning, we wrote to Mr. Ibbetson, offering him a chance to see the movie for himself, since he’s so clearly interested. Will he still feel that Producer Laura Cohen is just like Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl? Stay tuned.