[Marxism] Right-Wing Web Site finds Hidden Movie Messages

Pieinsky pieinsky at igc.org
Tue Aug 2 14:27:33 MDT 2005

U.S. troops = Martians
in 'War of the Worlds'?
Writer says attacks in his film
represent slaughter of Iraqis
Posted: July 22, 2005

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

A screenwriter for the blockbuster film "War of the Worlds" says the 
malevolent Martian attackers represent the American military randomly 
slaughtering Iraqi civilians.

Dave Koepp voiced his controversial explanation of the movie script to an 
obscure Canadian horror magazine titled Rue Morgue, "apparently thinking no 
one would notice," writes U.S. News columnist John Leo.

Meanwhile, the screenwriter gave the same jarring analysis to USA Weekend, 
noting that "the Martians in our movie represent American military forces 
invading the Iraqis, and the futility of the occupation of a faraway land is 
again the subtext."

Leo, for his part, said he thinks the Martians "symbolize normal Americans, 
while those being attacked are the numbskulls who run Hollywood."

The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is an adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1898 

The columnist noted that Hollywood has grown so "eye-poppingly angry with 
the rest of the country, mostly over Bush and Iraq" that even "mild- 
mannered nonpropagandists" like George Lucas of Star Wars fame "have come 
under pressure to display their lefty credentials with silly political 

His final Star Wars epic, "Revenge of the Sith," has at least two anti-Bush 
lines: "Only a Sith [a dark lord] thinks in absolutes" and "If you're not 
with me, you are my enemy."

Lucas insisted the "enemy" sentence had been written before Bush's similar 
words after 9-11.

"Maybe so," Leo says, "but Lucas had three years or so to figure out the 
political impact of the line but left it in anyway."

Last May, at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Lucas characterized his 
recent film, featuring the rise of the sinister empire, as a wake-up call to 
Americans about the erosion of freedoms under President Bush.

In Ridley Scott's recent release about the Crusades, "Kingdom of Heaven," a 
Crusader is shown beheading a hostage, "thus establishing moral equivalence 
with the monstrous terrorist tactics of today," Leo said. 

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